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The sad thing is the bullies are not really as a rule tougher than the other kids . They are just more aggressive and sometimes find they take on more than they can chew. Although as you say if some kids knew their Dad worked for your Dad it gave you protection in a subtle way.

posted by C_C_T on January 4, 2018 at 10:27 AM | link to this | reply

I remember in school there were different economic statuses, but I do not recall it ever really spilling into our lives, even when our parents were around.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on January 4, 2018 at 9:49 AM | link to this | reply

And it goes on..... but now it is often done with guns involved.

posted by TAPS. on January 4, 2018 at 6:36 AM | link to this | reply

Beautiful writing that provokes thoughts

I remember myself in school in the earlier classes, I was awarded double promotions twice. So, I jumped from 1st standard to the 3rd and from there to 5th. It did pose problems. I was weaker than the other older boys, and everyday I had to face bullying from them. Then from 9th standard I started body-building until I could take at lead two of them in one go. 

posted by anib on January 3, 2018 at 9:19 PM | link to this | reply

Your last paragraph sums it up, dear Kabu. The sum of it is that empathy is so very important!

posted by adnohr on January 3, 2018 at 6:10 PM | link to this | reply

Kabu

I love this post, dear. I thought about it deeply, for I also had a few more posts in mind on this topic. In the nuclear world of a small child, hopefully they see the world through the eyes of equality. I certainly did. The issues of culture shock begin when a child's world expands into becoming aware of the haves and the have-nots; experiencing the mean spirits and the bullies; the aggressors and the timid. It is unfair, justice does not always prevail, and there will be hurtful people, but to teach that to a small child, or any child, requires sensitivity and skill. Good reading, Kabu! 

posted by RPresta on January 3, 2018 at 2:17 PM | link to this | reply

Some of those kids of privileged families grow up to be n'er-do-wells,

and some grow up to be like Warren Buffet and share the wealth in philanthropy, to make the world better for all of us. And some of those who had nowhere to go but up found a way to get their slice of the pie. But the mean-spirited, the bullies, it seems to me, continue to be worthless blots on the pages of history.

posted by Pat_B on January 3, 2018 at 12:31 PM | link to this | reply

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