There’s nothing I hate more than a bully. I was bullied while I was a student at a Catholic school in North Bergen, New Jersey back in the day. I came home with chunks of my hair pulled out and a big shiner on my head once. I listened to a girl with major blackheads tell me that I had a zit-face. (Huh?) I had my self-confidence beat down to the point that I really believed these miserable little twits when they said “you will never amount to anything”. I would go in the corner and cry. It wasn’t until I started fighting back in 7th grade (I knocked this little worm’s glasses off when he wrestled me to the ground and tried to stick my head in dog poop on the walk home from school one day and tapped the gal who pulled my hair out on the shoulder and slammed her hard with the back of my hand) that they knew I meant business and I was going to fight. From there on out, I had my guard up and took on a “don’t mess with me” attitude. And you know what? After that, they didn’t.
Over the past few months, my preteen son has been on the receiving end of the class bully. The constant pressures of going along with the mainstream of what “everyone else is doing” are there-be it innocent things like the clothing they wear, the hairstyles they sport onto darker things such as the world of social media. He’s had a good friend over the years become buddies with said class bully this year and he and this kid have since formed quite the clique. This friend does not stand up for my son when he is around this little thug and it sucks to watch it but I know it’s a fact of life. His friend is very much a follower and all about what the “popular” group is doing. I pray that he will wake up and learn a valuable lesson in all of this but in the meantime, I have been coaching my son to stand up to the bullies, hang with the guys who have his six and blaze his own path.
This is why I am enjoying the #IStandUpToBulliesBy hashtag on Twitter. Of course, some hashtags promote the “Resistance” and are anti-Trump in nature (big surprise)…but I am liking it that some individuals are using this opportunity to call the hypocrites out on the carpet and are taking ’em down…one by one:
— Nathan A. Kreider (@LibertyNAK) February 24, 2017
— Patrice Lee Onwuka (@PatricePinkFile) February 24, 2017