Bullying can go down in many ways, but usually, parents typically don't expect it to in a way that's actually sanctioned by a school. Still, that's what some might argue class superlatives are -- especially the kind that have mean-spirited overtones. Case in point: One mom in Texas is outraged that her 11-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum was voted "most gullible" and "drama king" by his fifth-grade peers.
Dennis Harr was reportedly set to receive the alleged distinctions at Grady B. Rasco Middle School's award ceremony. But before the event occurred, he came home and asked his mother, Carmel Harr, "What does gullible mean?" alerting her to the upsetting situation.
According to Carmel, she was even more upset upon learning that the blatantly negative labels were created by a small group of teachers. Insane!
Carmel took action and, in turn, the superintendent cancelled the awards ceremony for the students altogether. Although I'm sure some kids were likely set to be honored for achievements, axing it altogether was probably for the best, considering the nature of some of these superlatives.
What happened to Dennis is absolutely heartbreaking, and worst of all, it sounds like adults set the stage for what happened here. It could have been totally avoided had they come up with only positive superlatives. Labels like "most likely to end up on SNL," "most likely to replace Ben Affleck as Batman," or "most likely to run for president" are all fun and totally acceptable. That's all these sorts of labels should EVER be! There's no need to allow any room for fingerpointing, mocking, and negativity -- especially for middle schoolers, who are already way too likely to give one another a supremely hard time!
How do you feel class superlatives should be handled?