This is a great article, except for one thing –
Do you see what’s wrong? Fat is the new ugly? Bull hockey. Fat has always been the taunt of choice on the playground. Ask any fat kid – past or present.
The only reason anyone is noticing now is that not-fat kids are starting to worry about being fat. Nobody cared as long as the only kids troubled by this kind of abuse were actually fat.
When it comes to bullying, I get so tired of the excuse that we can’t stop the bullying by kids because nobody knows “where to draw the line”. How about nobody should be bullied? How about that? The kid with big ears shouldn’t be bullied. The kid with a lisp shouldn’t be bullied. The kid who is dumb or smart – they shouldn’t be bullied.
Yes kids can be mean. Does that mean we should just let them be mean? How about we don’t act like being mean is harmless? How about we teach kids that being mean has consequences?