Anita was one of my best friends in junior high and high school. She was brilliant in math and a generous person. Unfortunately, she also had a terrible acne condition and was overweight. I say unfortunately because the cool kids would make fun of her, which was crummy. I don’t know if she ever knew. I hope not.
Even nice kids can be mean occasionally. Maybe some teenagers are so insecure they have to poke fun at others to feel better about themselves. I’m sure there are hundreds of books on the subject. The TV show Gossip Girl isn’t popular by accident.
A 15-year-old high school freshman in Massachusetts hung herself in January after repeated bullying by classmates. The prosecutor brought charges yesterday against nine teenagers, saying their taunting and physical threats were beyond the pale.
Where were the parents and the school administration?
Grownups can be bullies, too. Maybe a better word is abusive. Model Naomi Campbell flew into a rage when she couldn’t find a pair of jeans and tossed a cell phone at her maid. Linda Stein, New York real estate honcho, bullied her assistant, who killed her.