Michael Jackson's Daughter Paris Isn't Safe From Mean Girls at School

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Paris JacksonWhen I heard Michael Jackson's daughter was sitting down for a heart-to-heart with Oprah Winfrey, I prepped the tissues. I knew I'd cry when Paris Jackson opened up about her dad. I just didn't realize I'd be crying tears of rage.

According to Paris, her teenage classmates have nothing better to do with their time than bully her. If that doesn't show that there are some severely cruel kids in this world, I don't know what does. Remember, we aren't just talking any kid getting picked on here.

Paris Jackson is a kid who lost her dad. She's a kid who everyone in the world knows has gone through an incredibly rough time in life. But as Paris told Oprah, even she has to deal with petty high school mean girls who are nice to her face only to stab her in the back.

So much for compassion.

That, in a nutshell, is what makes bullying so difficult for me to understand. Common sense dictates that someone who has been through a trauma should get the nicest treatment, not the worst. A kid like Paris should be above the fray because she's already taken enough lumps, first losing her dad, then having to undergo the trial of MJ's doctor. And yet, as we hear so often, "kids are cruel." Like a pride lions going after the gazelle with the bum leg, they attack the "weak" ones.

So what does Paris' ordeal say about our kids, kids who don't have quite as big a story that cries out for sympathy? There's nothing to protect them from the vultures, really.

How do you talk to your kids about treating other kids who have been through a trauma?

 

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Aunt_... Aunt_ning

As the child who has been thru a trama (my big sister died the week before 5th grade started for me) I just wanted to be treated normal. I didnt want all the pity, and the stares and everyone leaving me alone. No one knew what to say to me, or how to treat me so they just left me alone. And that was the hardest. No one would play with me, or hang out or talk to me. I just wanted to be treated normal like nothing had changed, it was bad enough every other thing in my life had gone to crap, why school too.

Sierr... SierraLynn

I had a pretty tough childhood. From losing my father in a motorcycle accident, then losing my mom for a while to drugs and being passed around to family because no one could take care of me for more then a little while.

I had a pretty tough life. I was picked in, like any other kid. No one had compassion for me. I didn't ask for it.

I don't see her as any special child. She doesn't deserve special treatment. She doesn't deserve to be bullied, but just because she has had some hardships doesn't mean she can cast herself as better then others.

It's sad yes, but there are worse things in life.

i.hea... i.heart.nerds

Sorry but Paris Jackson probably has more opportunities than most people in life.

Why is her being bullied so much worse than any other kid?

Sinat... SinatrasKitten

People are so insensitive!  Paris, chin up!  Karma gets those mean girls back!

nonmember avatar Roberta

She goes to school by her own choice. She can be home schooled if she wants, many other kids don't have that choice. Of course it shouldn't have happened but from how she talked about it I don't think it is too bad.

nonmember avatar k

Have a little compassion people. She's a child, and the author is merely expressing her feelings of sadness that one who has endured so much is still enduring more pain, and I'm sure the author would express similar thoughts toward anyone who's suffered and still continues to have anguish. She isn't saying she should get special treatment, just that her situation is sad. Everyone on this planet has been through crap one way or another. Instead of talking down about a hurt little girl just because you've been hurt too, maybe we can all try to turn a negative into a positive and spread a little cheer in the world. It's contagious ya know. Just like hate is.

nonmember avatar Iris M. Gross

There are some pretty disturbing responses to Jeanne Sager's question.

i.heart.nerds is dismissive saying that because she has opportunities being bullied shouldn't be any worse than any other kid. But have you ever asked yourself WHY any other kid is being bullied and why we see this as normal behavior?

SierraLynn says there are WORSE things in life. But why wait until things get worse, like Columbine, before we try to correct them? You don't think Paris is anybody special, but imply that because of this she should just accept the meanness of others as normal. Paris shouldn't be bullied - you agree to this - but don't you feel, as I do, that NOBODY should be bullied?

Roberta suggests that Paris has the option of being homeschooled like her brother Blanket if she doesn't want to deal with the meanness. So this suggests that changing the environment will reduce the behavior. I strongly disagree.

We should have evolved as human beings to be better than this!

All of you seem to expect that your own children will be bullied, and you kind of shrug your shoulders saying "that's the way it is". What Ms. Sager asks how do you talk to your kids about how they treat other kids who have been through a trauma - whether they are Paris Jackson or not - the answer appears to be that you don't talk to your kids at all, or if you are kids yourselves, nobody has talked to you about it.

And if that's the case, there shouldn't be ANYBODY here proud of that answer.

bills... billsfan1104

Her father was a kid tickler, but she shouldnt be bullied. I feel for her. I am sure she will find some true friends.

nonmember avatar lucygoosey74

Nobody deserves to be bullied, period.
It doesn't matter if you're famous or not, bullying is cruel and wrong, and it devistates people's lives.
We need to adopt a zero tolerance attitude for this crap.
I was bullied mercilessly as a young child, I can remember wanting to kill myself when I was 10 years old, and that was just the kids at school, there was no social media so I can only imagine what kids these days are going through.

CPN322 CPN322

K and Iris - very well said.

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