Cyberbullying is the buzz word these days, but let's not forget about the regular, old-fashioned, in-person bullying we knew as kids. It's still happening and one of the many disturbing things about that is that it mostly takes place in the classroom, according to a new study by the American Public Health Association. Not in unsupervised locations. But right under the noses of teachers.
I'm not shocked at this. I have firsthand experience.
This mean boy I'll call Tom Sawyer used to bully me in high school. Anytime I wore a piece of clothing the color red, Tom would call me a "Communist." If you were a teen during the Cold War era, you'd know how hurtful that insult was. Why Tom started doing this IDK. I guess because like all bullies he was a weak jerk and it made him feel good to pick on shy girls.
One day I was wearing leg warmers (hey, it was the 80s) with the color red in them. It was the accent color, not even the primary color! Tom still called me a "Commie" and my history teacher actually laughed. He LAUGHED! Tom wasn't vilified but validated!
Had I known then what I do now, that history teacher would have been on the unemployment line so fast and that loser Tom ...
(Taking a deep breath).
At least the experience taught me valuable lessons about what to tolerate when it comes to my own kids. My husband is a teacher. It's impossible for educators to know and see all. Kids aren't dumb. They know how to bully under the radar. Which is why within the last month ...
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Were you bullied as a kid? How did you handle it?
Something my kids handmade
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Something just for me, like a plush robe