Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fearce and Bean - "Bully"

"He just walked up and kicked me." My daughter recently had a cast removed from her ankle. She struggled for over a year after injuring a growth plate while in dance class. During that time, many kids at her middle school mocked her, hurling accusations of faking the injury.  We had finally diagnosed and fixed the problem, then this little bastard KICKED her. That was it for me. I went to the school, found this  hobbit-sized miscreant, and KICKED HIM. As he cried in pain I told him, "Go find your dad, if you have one, and tell that worthless bag of shit he's next."

I made that last part up, but that's what I wanted to do. I try to teach my daughter to rise above the mean and petty masses at her school, and society in general. She's a good kid. No, really she is. I'm not using that phrase like your juvenile probation officer did, or even the way the teachers at school do when they are talking to you at Parent-Teacher Conference, treating you like you are no smarter than your snot-nosed sixth grader that is getting a C minus in Earth Science.

My daughter is kind and sensitive, thoughtful, artistic, and friendly to everyone. So, why did this degenerate little fucker decide to kick her right where she had a cast the previous day? I don't know. I didn't know when I was in middle school either. That shit just happens. Some parents are terrible at their job and should never have been allowed to breath, let alone procreate. They do it anyway, and their demon-spawn carry on the family tradition of being worthless and contributing to the downfall of society.

We had recently watched a documentary called "Bully" together. Afterwards, we discussed what she can do personally to counteract that type of behavior at school. The conversation ranged from what she should do when she is targeted, to what she should do when she sees other kids being victimized. I didn't have all the answers. Some of the children featured in the documentary had committed suicide. Others soldiered on; but only with the support of parents, siblings, and friends. Sadly, the teachers and school administrators weren't much help. They can only keep their eyes on so many kids. There were parents who had lost their children, attempting to raise awareness. Other parents at PTA meetings raised their voices angrily, blaming the school. There were also kids who were smarter and more aware of others' feelings that banded together to help one another.

One thing my little girl took with her after our exchange was that she cannot be silent. It takes strength to counteract the bullying. It takes character and resolve to be aware of, and befriend those who need it the most. She knows she must speak up. Tell friends, parents, and teachers what is going on. Be an example to her peers.

That said, please watch this video by our friends Fearce and Bean, and share it.