The adage goes: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”. The thing is that harsh words can and do hurt. Broken bones will heal; but when we are derogatory or contemptuous of others, the psychological effects can be deep and lasting.
This is why when we slander or libel someone, the aggrieved party can ask for damages in a court of law for their wounded reputation.
This is why we were all appalled at the classroom rantings of the teacher at Tranquillity, recently reported.