Monday, November 14, 2011
Orlandosentinel: A "Breaking Bad" actor who has cerebral palsy says he understands the outrage a Sanford father felt in lashing out about school bullying. RJ Mitte, who plays the son of Bryan Cranston, today issued a statement saying he is familiar with such bullying. James Willie Jones of Sanford boarded a school bus to confront students he said had ridiculed his daughter, who has cerebral palsy. In his statement, Mitte said: "It's unfortunate that he didn't have better recourse than to act out as he did. Mr. Jones has come forward and taken responsibility for his actions. But what about everyone else in this situation who is culpable apologizing for their lack of action?" Mitte, who recently turned 18, is spokesman for I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers With Disabilities). Jones, who was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" this week to speak out against bullying. He also urged parents not to follow his example in lashing out.Mitte said safeguards in the system are needed to curb bullying. "I'm told that one in three teens says that they have been bullied at school," Mitte said. "I know from personal experience that the bullying of a disabled person can still be seen by some as acceptable or is given a silent pass. But that kind of thinking is wrong. We all need to do a better job at speaking up and saying so when we are witness to this kind of abuse. It's encouraging that this incident has sparked a nationwide discussion" - Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel television critic ('Breaking Bad' actor: People need to speak out against bullying).
Roy Frank “RJ” Mitte III (born August 21, 1992) is an American actor best known for his role as Walter White Jr. on the AMC television series, Breaking Bad. Mitte moved to Hollywood in 2006, and began training with personal talent manager Addison Witt. Mitte has mild cerebral palsy. His manager states that it was Mitte's diligence and attitude that has helped him overcome challenges in all areas of his life (Wikipedia).
Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).