Until the world is filled with parents who raise their children not to be bullies, there are a few things you can do to protect your child that Preston's parents did not do.
1. Don't name your child Preston
2. Don't ever let them leave the house with that haircut.
Call it victim blaming if you feel so inclined, but people who don't take into account the fact that bullies are a real thing & adjust their behavior accordingly .... are sort of stupid.Some kids are just born with oddly punchable traits. This kid, complete with bowl haircut...is one of those kids.
I really do feel for him, but I'd have probably attempted to kick his ass at some point too.
Thing is, it takes very deft parents to nurture a child like this to overcome said ass kickings. I'm willing to bet his parents aren't those parents.When I was bullied as a child, my mom assured me it was because the bullies were "just jealous" of my many talents in music and theater.
When my kids get bullied, I'm going to assure them the bullies are "just *******s" and teach them to go for the nuts or the temple the moment someone lays hands on them.Perhaps someone should make this personal for Michael Doerrer and members of the school district administration. If physical intimidation and bullying is tolerated within the district it should be an option for conflict resolution at all levels. I imagine that would make various meetings much more interesting.Sadly, punching the bully in the face really is the only way to get them to stop. You HAVE to stand up for yourself. Complaining and getting the bully little punishments only serves to piss the person off even more, and when the bully getting punished goes home and his parents don't care, it just exacerbates the problem. You can say what you want, but giving little talks doesn't stop some sociopathic little ****head from being a dick. Getting hurt, though? That sure does.The worst thing about bullying is that the victims of bullying will grow up, get jobs in middle management, and treat their employees like complete ****. Every horrible boss I've ever had probably got the **** kicked out of them when they were kids. I feel sorry for you now Preston, but **** you Future Preston.I don't care what Smuckers commercials say, childhood is actually pretty horrible.I slept with that Comm Director's wife. Does that count as bullying? Also, the faux outrage the bullied kid is using makes me want to bully him more...