WKBT news anchor Jennifer Livingston in La Crosse, Wis., received an e-mail from a male viewer who criticized her weight.
Her husband, news anchor Mike Thompson, posted the text of the e-mail to the station's Facebook page. The viewer said Livingston was not a suitable example for young girls.
Kenneth Krause, the man who e-mailed Livingston, defended his remarks and repeated that with the country's present epidemic of obesity, she should take advantage of her position to influence children.
Krause is nothing more than a bully. He signaled out one person — and he didn't say anything about overweight men, only a woman – to criticize her weight.
In the same week, at the Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond , a neighborhood of Philadelphia— a school where students wear uniforms except for dress-down days — a teacher humiliated a student for wearing a T-shirt in favor of Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy. The teacher tried to throw the student out of class and said it was like wearing a Ku Klux Klan sheet.
This teacher is also a bully and has no business teaching. The student was not in violation of any school or district policy.
While the emphasis is on preventing children from bullying each other, more should be done to prevent teachers from overstepping their authority. Livingston was also right to stand up to Krause. Bullies must be stopped, wherever they are found.