There’s a group of representatives and senators in Washington calling themselves the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus. They’ve introduced legislation to ban things like high-octane hazing in schools. Great. Bullying leads to a toxic learning environment, and at its worst contributes to phenomena like teen suicide.
In my opinion, freedom from sexual abuse by authority figures — such as the swimming coaches under the supervision of our national sport governing body — is even more important than freedom from cruel behavior by peers. And I wonder if the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus might take the lead in calling for hearings to investigate the horrible practices in this area of USA Swimming and the inadequate oversight of USA Swimming by the Congressionally created U.S. Olympic Committee.
I’ll let you know what the members of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus have to say about that.