Based on recent true events in Kincardine, Ontario, but as I have seen and experienced, the location and events are reflective of many other towns and cities I have lived in over the years.
1. Three teenage girls walking after school one day, see an older woman with gray hair approaching. Giggling and making strange faces, they tense their bodies and form a solid wall with the obvious intent to make the lone woman walk around them. Used to such tactics after living in the city, the woman, me, walks firmly ahead without yielding. The girls stride forward till finally the shoulders of the lone woman and the teen collide briefly before each move on.
2. Three teen boys striding down a sidewalk on a steep hill, force a younger boy on his bicycle off the sidewalk and onto the road into the oncoming traffic lane, which fortunately, at that moment had no vehicles coming over the hill so the young boy was not in immediate danger.
3. A grade six boy falls off his bicycle while cycling on the sidewalk instead of on the very busy street on his way home from school. Crashing onto the asphalt of a driveway, his bare knee and hand are scraped raw and blood oozes out of his knee. The other older boy who had been riding on the road comes back to the fallen one and tells him to just ignore it and get up and get moving. The younger boy is in tears so he provides his phone number and his mother is called, but there is no answer. Balancing my own bike and the boy’s, the three of us walk along, but the older boy is tormenting the younger boy. In his torment, the older boy actually trips the younger boy by walking too close to him, so I tell him to ride on ahead. I mention something about bullying behavior and the young boy tells me the older boy is his brother. Bullies are bullies, I said, whether they are related or not. And sometimes, related bullies are even harder to deal with.
Just three short events sending out the messages “I can bully anyone I want to … because I can.”
Of course, the children and youth involved, were nobody’s we know, right? But check out the research and stories on “peer pressure” and “pack mentality” … or you could just watch the news.
September 18, 2013
All Rights Reserved by DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS/KAITLIN A. TREPANIER, Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE</em> Developer, Author, Speaker, Playwright, Altruistic Entrepreneur, and Human Rights Activist … because every child should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED