Seeing Things Others Won’t

“I discovered I’d been granted special powers in exchange for my suffering. Now I can see things others won’t. I can withstand pain that would break most people. I possess a determination that’s practically superhuman and the wrath of a fearsome goddess. I am the avenger. The punisher. The dispenser of dues…”

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance edited by Rhoda Belleza

From the introduction:

But bullying starts with adults. It starts with controlling parents who will do almost anything to maintain that control, and teachers who don’t tolerate kids finding their ways through natural developmental stages…Back before language we absorb through all our senses. If we grow up experiencing domestic violence, even if it isn’t aimed at us, we learn the ways of violence…It’s too easy to look for bullying kids and try to stop them from being bullies. That usually results in making them more devious. Let’s call it meanness. Let’s call it indecency. And let’s understand that it never starts with the kid.

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