A young girl wrote into a advice column asking for help on the teasing that she expected to get since her car wasn't as fancy as her classmates had.
She went to a fancy private school with a lot of kids with fancy cars and the like.
she said she knew she was lucky, but to be teased is hard and she asked for help on how to handle it.
the columnist told her to grow up and "You're crying poverty with a loaf of bread under both arms." since she went to a expensive school and had a car.
No matter how grown up you are, that doesn't make you feel any better when kids are being cruel. This has been the way of things for a long time in the schools. I wonder how many kids that asked for help before bringing a gun to school were told to just 'grow up'
I just wrote her back and told her that after hearing that response, there will probably be a lot of kids opting to not ask for help if that's the kind of slap in the face they get.
it's not like she was whining that she felt she deserved something better or the like, I think she was being very grown up about it. She was just worried about the bullying.
Bullying is not as simple as just ignoring comments and walking away. In the school I attended if you walked away, you were likely to get jumped!
I ended up failing a class because students would give me no peace. It's kind of hard to complete a assignment when kids are taking your papers, your writing utensils and teasing so badly that you can't think.
Many may disagree, but I think that when a child comes to you for help, then you need to listen and try to help them.
Answer by ConnectHearts at 12:55 PM on Feb. 19, 2011
I can't believe a Columnist would say something like that to a teen asking for advice- especially, about Teasing or Bullying! i am so glad you wrote her back! WOW- Unbelievable!
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