The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday Centus #23

It's Saturday Centus again - in a nutshell, Jenny Matlock gives us a prompt from either herself or a guest submitter and then we have to write 100 or words less related to the prompt (the prompt doesn't count toward the 100 words)  Then link it up to her blog.  It's open until the following Saturday, so that means you have all week to participate by either reading or writing The prompt is in bold.

Last week, I think some people got the wrong impression of my post.  I was not referring to myself in it.

This is my Centus for this week.  I have really been bothered about the suicides of kids being bullied.  

"If I had a hammer I'd hit those kids over the heads with it" Janice said.

"Oh yeah, that would solve everything", chuckled Cindy.  "I really think we need to go and talk to Mrs. Smith.  I'm tired of being treated this way". 

"Will it do any good or just make it worse"?

"I've been reading about kids committing suicide because of being bullied.   Some kids here might not have anyone to talk to like we have each other. I think it's time we took a stand".   

They walked into the classroom and said, "Mrs. Smith, can we talk to you"?

"Sure, girls ". 


Deborah said...

can we talk to you"?
"Sure, girls " ... a hopeful place to begin, well written.

Bookie said...

I hope Mrs.Smith truly "hears" these girls. I have seen this situation and been powerless due to superiors to manifest a change in the school!

jeff campbell said...

Great post...I too have been bothered for a very long time about this...these recent suicides have brought this ugly reality to the fore. I would suggest all go to

jfb57 said...

Well done for raising this really important issue. You are right - a hammer would not sort it out!

Cheryl said...

Well done, Viki. An important message.

If you haven't seen it, It Gets Better video project is great for GLBT youth (and adults). There are 3 videos. Here's a link to one of their videos.

Sue said...

Wow, talk about being on the same wavelength. Great minds, and all that...

Go check out my Centus, Viki.

NIce job, partner!


RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

This is a powerful and hopeful post. Thank you for it.

Tracy said...

If only bullying and Cancer could be wiped out

My name is PJ. said...

Upbeat and timely. Teachers are part super-hero, so I'm convinced Mrs. Smith will be able to improve the situation dramatically. Well done.

Ames said...

The whole bullying topic really gets me steamed. I was bullied because I was one of two redheads in the entire school. Me and my sister. Which made us different from others. Kids can be cruel. Don't parents teach their children that kindness matters? I am gald in some ways that I had older parents. In turn, my daughter learned what I did, and now her sons learn the same lessons too. Kindness matter! Love your post!~ Ames

Anna said...

I get the feeling that something has happened in the news where you all are that I have missed.
But it is timeless that every generation of children and young people need to feel that they are taken seriously.
Here again, as in other posts, the hammer is either a powerful metaphor or weapon or tool to be used for distruction.
The hammer is a symbol of anger needing an outlet.
Nice post.
Best wishes,
Anna's SC Week 23

Terra said...

you really HIT a hot topic with this one. Way to go. Viki I truly enjoyed this.

Judie said...

I hope Mrs.Smith listens beter than other teachers do!

Teresa said...

Bullying certainly is a problem right now. It would be nice if kids actually came forward and stood up for each other.

gautami tripathy said...

I needed to read this...

that hammer

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Good job, Viki! It is a subject so poignantly in the news these days.

Kat said...

This was a timely and poignant use of the prompt Viki. Bullying has always been around, but it certainly seems to be becoming much more vicious and invasive. Good for the girls, hope that their teacher listens to them! Kat

cj Schlottman said...


thanks for this beautifully written reminder of a tragic trend among our youth. my nephew slashed his neck - both sides - and both of his brachial arteries because he was being made fun of at school for being gay. thank God his mother was home and found him before he bled to death.

again, thanks..........cj

Jenny said...

Viki, my heart has been so sad with the bullying situation. It would be so nice if friends could ban together and find help. And the horror of all these senseless cruelties could stop.

Thank you for this timely story.

I hope, at least in fiction-land, that there are some answers!

Thank you for linking.