In the interests of coming to an answer, I have copied the comments on my FaceBook feed after the recent bullying video was released. The responses were vocal and emotional, as expected.
As you can see by the responses, the majority of society rejects the actions of these budding criminals. Calls for retribution, knee jerk punishment and cries for justice found a place in our computers and phones.
Firstly, let it be known that thanks to social media, the culprits have been identified, found and charged.
The question now is, what action can we take?
Undoubtedly, tomorrow another similar situation will unfold in a quiet location out of the view of parents and saviours.
This time it will not be videoed and the perpetrators will walk away unchallenged. Their victim will carry the emotional scars of being unable to protect him/herself for decades to come.
For this reason my concern is not the bully.
It is the emotional scarring on the victim. It is the young boy pleading for mercy then crying and running away in this horrific video.
My action now is to actively seek out gentle kids, the pacifists of the world, and encourage them to train at my martial arts school or any school that I feel will take care of them.
Notice I said "gentle kids". Not just any kid.
Martial arts is not the answer to all problems.
But for the shy, gentle boy or girl who will never be aggressive or turn into a bully, years of martial arts training will effectively take them out of the number of target choices for the local bully.
For that child, situation solved.
Do I think the bully needs therapy?
This much needed help however is out of my skill set.
My intent is to help the hundreds of nice young kids in our communities become confident in a situation where they are physically threatened and possibly assaulted.
Kids like these four youngsters who joined my martial arts club in the last 2 weeks.
For me, a rewarding experience to be able to give them the skills to be safe. Skills that will help them enjoy being a kid without the trauma of being bullied.