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11.17.2011

Taking a Bite Out of Bullying


As we were driving home from the sitters last night, my usually chatty first grader (aka Goofy) was kinda quiet and when he did talk, he mumbled.  It was driving me nuts.  I finally got him to tell me what was wrong but I could not, for the life of me, figure out what he was saying. 

It was so mumbled that I could only make out "bite" and "Mruruhfa."  So I asked him, "What in the world is a Mruruhfa?!?!" (confession: I may have been more colorful and he did pronounce the boy's name right it is just one of those that sounds like someone made it up.)

"A boy in my class."

"Oh."

Apparently, a boy in his class was making fun of Goofy for mixing up she with he.  He has had a problem with using he when he meant she since he started talking.  He has gotten much better but forgets when he is excited.

However, the process of teasing my first grader, included the boy shaking his finger in my Goofy's face.

So, Goofy bit him.

He was so ashamed he could hardly get the words out to tell me what he did wrong.

I laughed.

There was no note from the teacher.  He said, she must have forgot.

On one hand, I wish he would have not bit him because, A.) it's gross, who knows where that finger was and B.) I would prefer he find a better solution to the boy's teasing then physically assaulting the boy.

On the other hand, I am glad he has finally stood up for himself AND he felt bad for doing what he did and how he did it.  He promised he would not bite again.

Dad's response?

Ice cream for dinner!
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