How Pigtails Became a Symbol of the Anti-Bullying Movement

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girl with pigtailsMaisie Miller, a sophomore at Marblehead High School in Massachsetts, has been bullied one too many times and she’s not taking it anymore. She’s standing up for herself, and every kid who’s ever been bullied, with pigtails.

A girl, whom we will refer to as Meanie McMeanster, habitually picked on Maisie at school. We don’t know her real name. Maisie was too cool to name her bully. Meanie McMeanster made demeaning remarks about Maisie’s body, boyfriend, and clothes. Typical bully tactics were employed.

One day as Maisie walked past her on the stairs, Meanie McMeanster loudly mocked her hairstyle, saying, “Who wears pigtails still? What is this, kindergarten?” Maisie turned around to look at her and the girl snapped at her to “keep walking!” 

Ok, let’s stop right here. This bully is making me want to punch her in the face. I can’t help but think about my own two girls and how infuriated I would be if someone treated them like this. I would be livid knowing that someone else made them feel so badly about themselves. I can’t even promise that I wouldn’t have went to the school and paid some bigger, meaner student to scare the bully right out of this child. But Massie is way cooler than I.

That was the day Maisie said no more. She went home, pissed off and hurt, and posted a letter on Facebook asking that everyone wear pigtails to school the next day in protest of the bullying. This is what impressed me the most; she didn’t name her bully. She didn’t ramble and spew hatred. She only asked for the united support of her peers to stand up to bullies, and that is a classy move. Stay classy, kid.

The next day, not only did kids show up sporting pigtails in droves -- but now pigtails are a new anti-bullying campaign. Pigtails for peace are an awesome idea. It teaches our children that we can stick up for ourselves by uniting against the bullies and in a peaceful manner. We don’t always need to meet force with more force, sometimes we need to turn the other cheek and leave the bully fighting with herself. After all, that’s whom they really have the problem with.

How would you react if someone bullied your child?


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I get teaching kids to have self confidence, but people who push for that act like everyone is wired the same. The fact is, every single one of our brains are unique to us. My biological father was verbally abusive, would constantly tell me I was too skinny and too pale among many other things. No matter how much my mother and stepfather tried to undo the damage of my biological father(doing the things most parents do to try to build their kids self esteem) it wouldn't take. At 26 I still suffer with low self esteem. I know having your own father put you down is way worse than having a peer do so(even though I always thought of my stepfather as my dad), but it seems close to me. I'm having a hard time explaining what I am thinking, but basically I feel like some of us are not as strong mentally as others and sometimes no matter how hard a parent tries, that kid will still not be all that confident. That is why I feel it is most important to teach children compassion and empathy, because we are not all equally mentally strong. As an adult, I'm having a much easier time following self help books and being positive than I did as a teen. We all need to remember just how hard being a teen was. It seems way worse today.

Alaina Quist

lets face it, pig tails are awesome!

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