I went to a meeting at my public library today because I am supposed to observe a meeting at a non-profit organization for one of my classes. It was the teen library council meeting where teens meet to discuss teen programs at the library. I noticed in the meeting that all of the members seemed to be ganging up on one guy because he was a little different. He seemed a little femme to me and maybe not into the same things other boys his age are. Anything he said or any idea that he had was shot down by the other members and he was often greeted with sarcasm. He said he had to leave the meeting early to take his medicine. I heard one of the kids say "well, now that he's gone." I could tell that the other kids ganging up on him hurt his feelings, but nobody else seemed to notice. I know how hard it can be at that age when you don't feel accepted by the group. Should I let the adult leader know what my concerns are?
"I don't think you can expect to force acceptance by a teenager unless they feel that it's the right way to go"
No, you cannot FORCE acceptance, but you CAN force them to treat him with respect & they certainly can encourage them to be less condescending. If i was the adult leader, i would have noticed & i would have told the mean teens that although they may think so, they are no better than anyone else in that room. I think you should definitely say something. There is a good chance he left because of how they made him feel. I hope they get theirs one day, sometimes that's the best way to learn how it feels.
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