Mark Ecko is speaking out on a matter that far too few prominent figures speak out on. That’s the bullying that is running rampant in schools these days. It’s a problem that only receives attention when the result ends in the loss of a life, or in the firing of a school official. These days some people are taking a stand, and Mark Ecko is one of those people.
It seems fitting the he would stand up and speak out on the terrible issue that bullying is. The truth is, these kids that are being harassed or doing the taunting are the target audience of his widely successful line of clothing, Ecko Unlimited. Certainly, the company does attempt to target those kids who bully, but the audience is that age range and there are those in the age that tend to act poorly.
Still, regardless of the image to his client (those that might think it uncool to be sticking up for those who aren’t sticking up for themselves), Mark wrote a recent Op-Ed piece where he came down on bullies as well as the schools who believe in corporal punishment.
It’s clear that the occasional striking of a child is still a thing that exists in schools today. It’s been around forever but has been on the decline for years. Still, Mark appropriately wonders what this sort of punishment does to help or teach children? He cites research that shows that corporal punishment simply leads to more aggression, and it’s that aggression that leads to bullying.
It’s the same that can be said of a child that comes from an abusive home. In many instances these children are more likely to bully and act out themselves. So Ecko eloquently states that bullying or hitting doesn’t help anyone. It’s nice for so many parents to see someone their kids think is so cool, doing something that is truly cool.