Most of us remember teasing. As a child, some of us were “teasers.” Others regret that we did nothing to stop the teasing. Our behavior was unacceptable then. It continues to be so today.
“Kids can be cruel. Kids tease.” These are justifications and excuses not reasons.
Teasing is not harmless. It is a form of bullying, pure and simple.
Bullies target kids who look or talk different or who do not “fit in.” Riley Children’s Hospital statistics find that 61.6% of victims are bullied because of their speech or looks. Up to 7% of eighth grade students stay home because of bullies.