Definition of SCOURGE :
scourge (skûrj) pronunciation
1. A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
2. A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
3. A whip used to inflict punishment.
tr.v., scourged, scourg·ing, scourg·es.
1. To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
2. To chastise severely; excoriate.
3. To flog.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman escorge, from Old French escorgier, to whip, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigiāre : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + Latin corrigia, thong (probably of Celtic origin).]
Excellent examples of the scourge from the old deaf guards can be found in one of Tom Bertling's published books.
Looking at this particular book;
You can see stories of scourge casted upon prominent deaf leaders and inspirational deaf people by the old deaf guards.
Through their actions, they have made the American Sign Language into some sort of a weapon than a communication method.
Let's all pay good homage to deaf leaders who lives have been catastrophically altered after becoming victims of cyber-bullying, rumor attacks either via email, newsgroups, blogs, postings, websites, falsified restraining orders, vandalism, and through many other undue intimidating actions.
And work together at eliminating these sources of scourge within the deaf communities.