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Small-town mayor says bullying victims might “just have to grow a pair”

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The mayor of a small town in California says he is against bullying, but that he’s also against the issue becoming one that is the moral and financial responsibility of the city government.

Mayor Cameron Hamilton made his remarks at a recent Porterville City Council meeting, during discussion of an idea to create an anti-bullying “safe zone” proposed by some middle school kids according to ABC affiliate KFSN.

Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola proposed city support for the safe zones proposal, designating off-campus locations for kids seeking after-school help dealing with bullies.

“I’m against bullying, but I’m getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything, and the ills of the world,” said Mayor Hamilton. “All most people just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves.”

When Councilwoman Gurrola said that was tough to do for a 10-year-old girl, Hamilton stood his ground.

“Then maybe the other 10 year olds that think they want to stop bullying will stand up for her, instead of a safe zone and a placard and a bunch of training that goes on,” Hamilton said.

In the end, the council voted in favor of creating safe zones, but their mayor voted against the item.


  • Micki

    I agree somewhat with the concept of what he is saying, but find his blatant, rude, and unfeeling choice of words are not helpful and put people on the defense. He needs to learn leadership skills and communication effectiveness, especially since he is in a public service position.

  • Brien McCain Hollars

    I absolutely disagree with this statement. It is apparent to me that he nor anyone close to him has ever been on the receiving end of bullying. I would be confident in saying that he was and still is most likely the one doing the bullying given his choice of words to “grow a pair”… I am the parent of a child that has been bullied and you are darned if you do and you are darned if you don’t. I have went to the school over the issue, they seem to brush it off like it is nothing to be concerned about, and I would even be willing to say in some instances it has cause him bullying by the staff at the school. He will tell the teacher and they will single him out, tell him to go play by himself, one time the principal made him sit at the “Silent” table and eat lunch with her. This infuriated me, so I began to tell him to stick up for himself even if it meant physical confrontation, because I am not the parent of the other children(that obviously need better role models because I have always told my kids if I ever catch you starting a fit or bullying another child you have no idea the magnitude of the amount of trouble you will be in) and I’ll be darned if I am going to sit idly by and allow one of my babies to be torn down to a point where they would ever even consider taking their own life or to a point where they don’t know their own self-worth, I am sorry they mean way to much to me to allow some rotten bratty kid that desperately needs a parent make my kids feel like they don’t matter or like the world would be better off without them. I think it is absolutely Necessary for us to hold the school and more importantly the parents of these kids that are bullying other children accountable for the behavior they are allowing!! I was always under the assumption that schools had a “Zero” tolerance of bullying, correct me if I am wrong but I am pretty certain that means NOT AT ALL and I really feel like it should mean Expulsion for repeat offenders!!!!!

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