Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bullying Update

Hi! I'm Zoe. In my school there has been some bullying going on. Teasing like "Chinese eyes." There's been like a game called "Break Your Back" that hurts people. And a song called "Chinese Japanese Dirty Knees Look at these." And that's mostly all.

The bullying made me feel embarassed because when they were doing the "Chinese eyes" thing it was like people in America were making fun of Chinese people like they'd never seen them before.

My principal came to talk to all the third grade classes about it. He said that God created everyone in His own image, and He doesn't want people to make fun of it. He said if the bullying goes on it's a bad thing. And you shouldn't make fun of people just because they look different.

It made me feel good he did that, but it made me feel bad for the people who were doing it because it made them feel sorry. It made be feel good because it won't happen again and that the school thought it was a big problem that the principal had to talk about.

And if that ever happens to you, be part of the solution and not part of the problem. You be part of the solution by telling a teacher or a counselor if you see bullying or if you have been bullied. You be part of the problem if you bully people after you've been bullied. You be part of the problem if you're bullied and you keep it to yourself. If you don't tell someone, it won't stop for you or anyone else.

By Zoe, age 9 (in 12 more days!)
third grade


Theresa said...

Hi Zoe, this is great. I wish I had read this when I was in school when people called me 'brillo head' because of my hair. I hope lots of people read this. And happy soon to be birthday!

Anonymous said...

Zoe, you said it so well. Congratulations on confronting the issue. As the anti-bullying ad says, "Stand Up". You did. Brava!

Wendy said...

I am glad there are girls like you that are a part of the solution! You are helping to pave the way for those after you as well.

Happy Birthday early!

Lee said...


When I am a big girl like you, I will remember this, and it will help me stand up to bullying too. You are very smart and brave. Thank you!

Ellie (age 3-1/2)

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, I was teased and I never told anybody about it because I was so embarrassed. Worse, I believed the awful things that kids said to me. It still hurts to think about it. So, Zoe, I am glad that you told about the teasing. That was smart. I hope the kids stop now! And finally, happy birthday!
Sue (aka anonymous)