The Truth About Bullies

A few weeks ago, Oprah did a show about the two 11-year-old boys who killed themselves after relentless bullying. A guy on Twitter told me a distressing story of bullying making him drop out of school.

I thought long and hard about this – the cause and mentality of the children. I really think that emotional abuse and depression are real in children. Parents may not think in those terms in regards to children. They should.

Let me tell you a little story about a bully.

I skipped the 4th grade and landed in a 5th/6th grade split classroom. Needless to say, I was in a classroom with kids 2-3 years my senior. We sat in table if four desks arranged in a square. The girl who sat right next to me was a big bully. She was bigger than me and more popular. Sometimes she was nice, most times she was mean. Really mean.

Fast forward 13 or so years, I see this girl at the local laundry mat. I am with my nephew and we are laughing and having a good time. We recognize each other and chat a bit.

Time had not been kind to her. Although only two years older, she looked ten years older. Her face was weathered and she seemed really sad. I was overcome with a wave of sympathy for her.

My point is that nothing lasts forever. Life has a way of turning the tables and the odds just may slip in your favor.

Apparently, this girl (now woman) had stopped growing in the 6th grade. I now stood towering over her. I must admit a small part of me wanted to run up to her and smack the crap out of her but the God in me said no that would not be prudent. LOL

2 thoughts on “The Truth About Bullies

  1. So true about how the tables turn. Ran into a girl I couldn’t stand in my youth. Her teeth were all jacked up and she looked too tired. Story goes her boyfriend routinely beat her up so that explained the teeth.

  2. That’s why I hope these kids realize that adolescence is such a small, short part of their lives. Bullies usually have no where to go but down, unless they change their ways.

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