Originally Posted by mamato3cherubs
True bullying is not OK. But it sound to me like typical early teen picking and teasing to me. Shelter kids from this and they are not learning all the lessons of life.
Are you kidding? "Typical early teen picking and teasing" mostly is
bullying. I know it almost drove me to suicide more than once. You want to know what "lessons of life" I learned from it? Here you go:
1) Don't trust teachers...ever. They're not on your side (unless you're on Student Council and/or a jock).
2) Hide. It's the only way to be safe. Avoid people, especially peers, at all costs.
3) Being yourself is wrong. If you don't kill yourself to conform, you're a freak, and you barely deserve to live.
4) If authority figures don't understand where you're coming from, they'll assume you're lying. The less frequently you lie, the more likely they are to assume you're doing so.
Yeah - great lessons of life. School sucked. The teasing and picking might be fine, if you're socially adept at that kind of thing (ds1 goes with the flow without batting an eyelash). If you're not good at it, and if you're not one who would ever do
it - not so much fun.
You also can't tell how someone feels about this kind of stuff from what they say - or even what they do. When my graduating class made up a poll category for me, I played along. I did the photo shoot, and put on the attitude, and all that. The picture is even fun...now
. But, when the poll results were posted in the school caf, with "Most Likely to Become a Hell's Angel" beside my name, I seriously thought about going home and slitting my wrists. It was all in fun...for everybody else.