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  •  The culture of the bully (9+ / 0-)

    begins with the adults.  I was 65 lbs, bucked toothed, quiet and odd in middle school.  I got made fun of all the time.  Mild bullying compared to what I read in these diaries but I felt humiliated every day of my life.  I had talents and while the teachers may have marveled at my work, I received no encouragement.  That makes me the most angry.  Anyway, I had a science teacher who probably taught bullying class on the side.  He was an awful, sarcastic, caustic prick and treated most of us with burning contempt. When he called on people he used last names often proudly mispronounced.  He called on me one day using a completely wrong pronounciation.  All 65 lbs of me hunkered down in my chair and I sat silent with my head down.  He called louder and more urgently, ready to excoriate me with vitriol while the class got ready to howl at his antics with me.  I looked up and replied that when he said my name properly I would answer him.  The class gasped.  He got beet red and asked sarcastically the proper annunciation.  I replied and he asked me the question saying my name properly.  Things got a bit better after that but I continued on to an all girl high school the next year and never looked back.  That one act was a turning point in my life and I gained confidence that built up in the next years.  

    And she's good at appearing sane, I just want you to know. Winwood/Capaldi

    by tobendaro on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:00:58 AM PDT

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    •  I think parents have a lot to answer for (5+ / 0-)

      in most cases of bullying.

      The jerk who was doing the punching was a case in point. There was some HS event in which all parents were supposed to attend. Mine came, as did his. Both his father and he (I don't recall where the brothers were) berated, harassed and swore at the mother. They treated her like dirt.

      I had never experienced any thing like that before, and it turned mu stomach.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:40:37 AM PDT

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