A few days ago, nine year-old Grayson Bruce of North Carolina was bullied by his classmates because of his My Little Pony backpack. And by bullied, I mean punching, kicking, pushing and calling this kid names. School officials eventually got involved and their solution? Zero punishment for the bullies. Instead, they told Grayson: "Stop bringing your backpack to school. It's making you a target for bullying." *slow blinking*
Huh? What kind of warped, twisted ass logic is that?
I'll tell you what it is, it's wrong on sooooooo many levels. Not only is it terribly wrong, it sends a dangerous message to kids who think it's OK to bully people. It sends an even more damaging message to children who are being bully. Side Note: It really ticks me off that adults made this decision. Adults! Incredibly irresponsible.
|Grayson Bruce and his mother.|
See...I could never, ever be on a panel about bullying. Nah. No. Nope. I have a very unconventional way to deal with bullies. I won't share it with because you'll judge me. But, just know this... Bullies are cowards. They operate on intimidation. They're weak (never as tough as they seem). They're behavior is rooted in ignorance (any fool can be a bully).
Once you really understand these things, you see bullies in a totally different light. Your entire attitude and perspective will shift and...you will act accordingly. Trust me.
* steps down off of my soapbox *
FYI....Grayson's mother withdrew him from that school and he is now being homeschooled. He has received an outpouring of support and launched a Facebook page (Support For Grayson) that campaigns against bullying.