we are on the havoc cruise still.
and i remember all the bullying that characterize our boarding schools. before i went to boarding school, i knew this 'thing' existed but i don't remember if i ever bothered too much about it back then but of course it all came to life once i got to the boarding house!
"hey you, come here!", such was the command and your name was useless whether known or not! once a junior, you were a non-entity! no questions. "look boy, obey before complain!". you would be barked at!
so my first day at St. Peters School was eventful! "form-one boy", "hey form-one boy"! those calls came from all directions to mark my arrival. "hey, stop there!" the weight of that command jolted me to the realization more than ever that my uncle had long left me with a goodbye!
the senior who called walked up to me looking all man, tall and muscular! i had to raise my face skywards to have a peep at his hard face! "good afternoon!" i thought the right thing to do was greet with a smile! he ignored my greeting. his face was straight. "what programme are you here to study?" "science." i answered. "small boy you want to read science heh? look up at the sky and tell me what you see". i looked up and told him i could see the sky. "is that all you can see?" this time the tone clearly sounded like gritted teeth! and i knew instantly was in for trouble! "look up again!" i did. "what do you see?" i was about bringing my head down to tell him the sun was up there too. "come on keep you head up, what do you see?" "i see the sun". if only i knew i wouldn't have said so maybe. "uhuh, good, now look at the sun and tell me what you see"!
"what?" i asked myself. of course i couldn't muster the courage to put that question to the senior. it was burning hot! and thus my experience with bullying took a different dimension in my life. others were to experience worse like being asked to fill a bucket with water using a spoon from our school pond which was about half a kilometer away from the dormitories.
Pal, these were the memories that came back to me when i heard the news about the GBC boss Mr. Ampem Darko being asked to do the absurd by parliament. and you may read for an insight for yourself here LINK.
for all the bullying me and my year mates suffered at school, it was very instructive that by our final year when we had had the opportunity to also met our our fair share of bullying to our juniors then the authorities decided to implement a number of reforms. so our wings were 'severely' clipped. but i'm sure we turned as one of the very best leaders of the school if not the best! we adopted different and more humane approaches to finding solutions to insubordination and they worked. we did not have to resort to infringing on human rights! (aside isolated cases lol).
so pal, i wonder why would our parliamentarians be more concerned about doing the absurd than passing legislation that would deal with our many societal ills. This is the 21st century and our parliamentarians are more concerned about demanding respect than working to earn respect. such things pal, make me angry!
but i'm not angry!