I bought a new book for school. Do you know Patricia Polacco's work? She draws and paints pictures that jump off the page. Her use of color surprises. I love her faces. This book is extremely current. It speaks of Facebook and state testing and meanies.
Bullies. Schools are presenting all kinds of programs to combat this age-old problem.
Today my sweet Birdie experienced a bully's jab. A little girl put her elbow on Birdie's work, intending to ruin it. She made my little lamb cry. Kindergarten. Mean hearts already in motion.
We should NEVER condone meanness, NEVER laugh when a man or woman says a wounding remark. It's NEVER okay to injure another person with our words.
Sometimes when a victim of bullying complains to someone they hope can help, that someone says, "Kill them with kindness" or "Just ignore them". Sometimes that does reduce the instances of cruelty, I guess. It doesn't take away the hurt, the fear, the sadness.
Were you ever a victim of bullying?
Did you ever witness someone else being bullied?
When I was in the sixth grade (the same age as my students) two boys that I didn't really know very well would somehow find me when my friends were not around and say, "Flat chest! Flat chest!" That part didn't make me feel all that bad. I wasn't too worried about growing breasts at that particular time, but what I couldn't get my mind around was WHY they were picking on ME. I still don't know. They were mean and I guess it felt good to be mean. They eventually stopped and I never told my friends or my mom.
I witnessed bullying when I was in elementary school. One friend of mine suffered in silence, too. Only recently did she share her experience with me. I couldn't believe that I hadn't noticed the depth of her pain.
I now wish I had stood up for more than one of my classmates when they were singled out, made fun of, or isolated.
What are your thoughts on this subject?