Terri Wore Pajamas to School

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Adolescence, High School, Life | Posted on 18-11-2013

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I recently saw a movie called Terri, featured at Sundance a few years ago, about an overweight teen boy who wore pajamas to school every day. He was labeled a misfit and his classmates teased him. I felt sorry for him.

Terri reminded me of a guy back in high school named Murray. Murray was an overweight teen boy who wore an army jacket to school every day. He was labeled a misfit and his classmates teased him. I felt sorry for him.

His jacket was baggy. His hair was shaggy. His cheeks were ruddy. And Murray was bullied. He would sit on the ground, leaning against the building, eating his sandwich. And the boys would go up and slug him. For no reason. Murray would just sit there and slump. Sometimes he would try to fight back, looking enraged–swinging his shoulder bag that he always carried with him–trying to hit the boys with it. These actions made the boys laugh and taunt him even more. It was a mean, bully cycle.

Thinking back, I’m not sure why I didn’t try to help Murray. I was sad for him. Why didn’t I intervene and take action? Why didn’t I tell the vice principal?

Bullying in schools has changed somewhat. Schools take bullying a lot more seriously. I wrote about how my son was bullied in Kindergarten. Read here for that.

Except I know that people will always labeled “misfits.” And I know there will always be people who like to think they are better than others. Unlike the clouds, some things never change.

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