Kids can be cruel. And the phrase “kids will be kids” gets said all too often in their defense. The truth is that they need to be told what is and isn’t an acceptable way to treat another human being. When those bullies grow up, they never get rid of their awful tendencies. That is why it is so important to stand up for people when you see them getting bullied. It is so important to talk to your kids about the dangers of bullying. Would you react like this mom? Or would you take a different approach?
In my freshman year in high school, there was a disabled kid in my lunch period (whose name was Alex) who had a hard time getting along with anyone else who had cerebral palsy. I was the only guy there who would treat him like a regular human being and offer him company. I defended him more than a few times when some of the meaner kids made fun of him for his disability.
I remember the time I walked into the cafeteria and I saw another kid spitballing him while his friends laughed. It was the first time I’d ever met him. I walked up to their group and told them to stop doing that, because it was really messed up.
When he decided to continue, I lifted him up from his collar and threw him at the trashcan, where he belonged.
I got in trouble for it and I was sent to the principal’s office for fighting. When the school called my mom, they told her that they were suspending me for three days. She gave me a high five when she picked me up.
Since then, I’ve been friends with Alex. The minute I get in the cafeteria, he’d come up to me and greet me. We always had lunch together. He’d never lose any of his excitement. The smile I could see on his face was worth all the stuff that was flung my way by the meaner students just for being his friend and defending him. I couldn’t care less about what others think of our friendship.
Honestly, a lot of people disgust me for the way they treated him. It’s so easy to be kind to others, so why do people put so much effort into being mean?”
Those kids needed a wake up call, and sadly, the school’s faculty failed. They punished the wrong person, and the bullies continued. Thankfully, this mom had raised a decent kid who knew the difference from right and wrong. He was wrong for getting violent, but standing up for a kid who couldn’t stand up for himself is pretty awesome. Personally, I wold take off of work and bring my kid to the movies every day that he was suspended. And take pictures, and send them to the principal. What would you do?
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