Liberty Voice- The list, which can be read in the photo above, tells students not to tell on bullies, not to be a “sore loser,” to laugh at themselves and not get “hooked by put-downs,” and to treat the bully as “someone trying to help” them. In response to the angry community, Lincoln Public School’s Facebook page stated that their educators at Zeman Elementary “work hard to provide accurate and appropriate lessons and education” to their students on how to handle bullying. Unfortunately, the advice on the flyer did not align or reflect with the school district’s policies on dealing with bullies. In response to one of the commentators, the school’s administrator of the Facebook page wrote, “Counselors and teachers will be discussing this with students tomorrow. Great learning opportunity for all.” The message did not anger only those within the state. A resident of Alaska responded found the message to be an aberration. “These ‘rules’ basically create victims, telling children to basically take the bullying and don’t tell anyone about it, unless it’s so severe that a crime is actually committed? How can anyone with an ounce of common sense or compassion have distributed such a thing? Aren’t children supposed to be safe in our schools? If my child were enrolled in this school district I would have serious concern.”
So this list has been making the internet rounds. It’s a list that was given out to students by a school that teaches them how to deal with bullies. People are FREAKING OUT on the school now because some of the rules don’t fall in line with how they think their children should deal with bullies. When in reality it’s a solid list of really good advice. The parents are just too blinded by PC Nation to see it. Let’s take look at some of the diamonds in the rough the parents seem to be missing.
(I should mention that I know nothing about getting bullied. I was the coolest fucking kid in the world. Still am. I was super duper popular. Got all the chicks, went to all the cool parties, all that cool stuff. But I can speak on stuff like this because it happens in every school ecosystem if you pay close enough attention)
Here they are:
Rule #2- Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.
Classic reverse psychologically. Easily the best piece of advice on the list if you want to get rid of a bully. Either they’ll get frustrated and leave or think you’re mentally challenged and leave you alone. Win-win Have you ever tried to be mean to someone and they just act like you’re being super nice? Infuriating.
Rule #6- If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; don’t get angry.
Love it. Guilt trip the fuck outta the bully. Nothing gets some one to regret their actions faster than you showing them your arm is snapped in half and needs immediate medical attention. That bully will turn from your worst enemy to your best friend in a matter of milliseconds. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and they’ll pass out from the compound fracture they just gave you. You’re then free to kick them in the nuts as hard as you can without any resistance.
Rule #7- Do not tell on bullies.
Probably the rule that upset people the most. Umm ever heard of the saying snitches get stitches? Because I’m pretty sure that’s what they were alluding to when they put this list together. It’s 100% true. Nobody likes a tattle tale. The parents who got mad about this one clearly don’t have a solid grasp on how the real world works. Telling on bullies is the quickest way to have more bullies come after you. The teasing will increase exponentially and the kid will be worse off than before. You can’t show any weakness otherwise you’re dead meat. Just stick to one bully and figure out a way to manage the ridicule.
Rule #8- Don’t be a sore loser
No one likes a sore loser. Would you like to play with someone who gets all upset when they lose? Lose gracefully and be a good sport; kids will like you better. (If you’re saying to yourself that it seems like I just copied their description for Rule #8 it’s because I did. They said it perfectly. Sore losers are the worst.)
Rule #9- Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” but put-downs.
This isn’t just good advice on how to deal with bullies, this is good advice on how to get through life. Sometimes when life deals you a shit hand you have no other choice than to lean into the wave. For example, my hairline. Not ideal. No one wakes up wanting their hairline to be making a mad dash for the back of their head. But it happens. It’s definitely happening to me. So what do I do? Embrace it. Accentuate it. Put it in people’s faces. Make them know it’s there. It ends up working. You can either do that or the other option is hiding it and people end up seeing it anyway and now you’re just a loser who tries to conceal his awful awful hairline.
PS- The examples they gave in Rule #9 are laugh out loud funny. Some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever seen.