When I was young, kids in school said something about someone having snarled hair or if their clothes were stinky. Today, however, kids say the most unthinkable things to each other!
Just the other day I was talking to my sister. She was telling me that my 12 year old niece was being told to kill herself by a group of kids at school. I was blown away! Kill herself?! What the hell!
So I immediately asked if we knew who it was and where they lived because my husband is in construction and I am sure we could find a job site to throw them in. Then I retracted my statements because thinking about offing a 12 year old (especially one that is not my own child) makes me a bit of a monster. But seriously! This is insane!
I mean kids say things like,
“You’re so weird that you should kill yourself.” or “You’re so fat you should be bulimic and go throw up.” or they spread rumors about girls getting abortions and being slutty and post rumors or threats on social media.
I am not one of these that think all teasing is bullying. I don’t think that kids should never tease each other or that all kids need participation trophies in order to not hurt their feeling but telling someone to kill themselves or wishing someone to cause harm to themselves is crossing the line!
First, where are these kids parents? What the hell have they taught their children that allows this vile dribble to escape their mouths? Second, when did encouraging someone to kill themselves be so simply spewed out of kids mouths? Last, what are schools and parents supposed to do if they cannot discipline their children without fear of Child Services pounding down the door? And should we care if Child Services pounds down the door if we are building better human beings? But, if we open that Pandora’s box are we encouraging child abuse….oh my God, we really can’t win!
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