The thought of a child being bullied breaks my heart into little pieces. I have two children that are in high school now, and I worry constantly about how they will be treated by other kids and how that will affect them. The news carries stories of children who were bullied who then retaliate, often in the form of a shooting spree. In the news interviews of people who knew the shooter, they are often asked if they noticed any behaviors that might have indicated that there was a problem. And very often the answer is yes; they knew that there was some form of bullying or ridicule and that the child’s behavior seemed drastically different. It is my sincere hope that we will all be more aware of the young people in our lives- watching closely for any indications that there might be something troubling them. I often wonder if someone would have spoken up about the changes that they saw in those individuals if the outcome would have been different.
WHISPER- RIGHT OR WRONG
It all started with a whisperIn the classroom one sad day
When the kids all gathered roundTo hear just what the girl would say.
Some of the kids began to snicker
A few just stared with big wide eyes
But to the little boy she spoke about
This all came as no surprise.
She said, “He’s a weirdo and a loser
And he just does not belong!
He should have to leave our classroom!
Well, am I right or am I wrong?”
Most kids nodded their approval
And they soon worked out a plan
They made a vow to rid themselves
Of the little boy named Stan.
But the boy knew what was coming
He had lived this scene before-
So he took off quickly running
And then he hid behind the door.
They all followed to his hiding place
Where they beat him one by one;
But when the beating finished,
They were shocked to see his gun.
The angry mob grew deathly quiet
As he held the gun up high;
And now with bodies laying strewn about
Little Stan began to cry. Kristin Tucker December 12, 2012