It's always being highlighted at my kids school, a lot of them are wearing those rubber wrist bands about anti-bullying.
A lot of it goes on regardless though, despite the schools best efforts. I said to my kids, i wish they would let every parent, just for one school
assembly, stand up and tell the kids what bullying can do.
Quick example. The other day at the bus stop, i looked over and saw someone i recognised from school. A year younger than me, 38 years old he is now
with a beard and quite a big lad. He became aware that i was looking at him, and he seemed to put his head down so as not to make eye contact. So i
walked over to him, i swear he looked like he thought i was going to beat him up or something.
I offered my hand to shake his and told him my name, and that we had gone to the same school. He continued to look down, and you could see him visibly
shaking as he shook my hand with the weakest handshake for a big lad i have ever felt. I tried to make small talk with him, and aware that he was
looking very nervous, i kelp it very light and smiley, but he just clammed up. I decided to leave him in peace and said my goodbyes.
When i next spke to my ex-wife, i said, "I saw Robin today who was in your class at school", and i told her what i had encountered. She replied, "I'm
not surprised, that lad was hit probably every day at school, pushed in bushes every day on the way to school, and called every name under the
Looking back, i remember most kids doing that kind of thing to one degree or another, but you didn't think of the consequences. Seeing this middle
aged adult, a big lump of a man....broken.....well it was pretty sad to see i can tell you.
I just wish the kids...and adults of today could see what damage they do when they bully.....you're either going to break someone mentally or you may
even find yourself on their list.
By the way, whilst i wasn't a bully at school, i can remember joining in with name calling a few times. 20 years later, i saw a couple of those people
at the school gates as we were collecting our own kids. I apologised for those crap times at school, one guy had totaly forgotten about it, but one
girl hadn't, and she was really thankful for the apology.
edit on 2/4/12 by CX because: (no reason given)