The group of boys my son hangs out with at recess were being mean to another boy in the group. My son stuck up for this kid and then the other boys told my son he's a traitor and they were friends with him anymore (I swear I thought girls were catty but boys are horrible!) I told DS I was proud of him for sticking up for his friend and it would blow over but he said,"Mom, these kids are not very forgiving. Once you're out, you're out." He is pretty bummed, I tried telling him that this is part of life and to find nicer kids to hang out with. How would you handle it? I want my child to be confident and not a follower but I also need to be sensitive to his feelings. It's also hard because he is new to the school this year and most of the other kids have been together since Kindergarten. It's a smaller school.