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What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Others Got to Do With it?

An article by Karen Lynn

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My friend and fellow blogger Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org will be contributing articles that I will be posting on this website.

Changing Attitudes, Changing Minds
I have heard a lot of commentary about kids bullying others, and then those same children who could not handle the making fun of any longer; killing themselves or hurting someone.  Many people do not know how much that actually happens in the disabled community.  But it does.  Sometimes its even worse than out in the "regular world."  I know this because I lived through it, and experienced it a number of times first hand.

When I was a child the kids around me would chastise me for having an over-weight parent.  Time and again, they would say mean and cruel words that stung deeply; of which all I could do was  swallow what they just said, and turn the other cheek.  Still another time, I was directly bullied by the classmate's in my classroom.  I was a quiet, demure, good-hearted child, who never thought twice about saying something or doing something down right nasty just for the sake or fun of it.

Yet, I had classmate's that did just that!  I experienced a practical awareness of people who came up to my personhood, stared me in the face, spouted nasty, sweet, nothings to me directly, grab my work assignments right from under my very nose, and ripped then to shreds.  Still another time, as an adult mind you;  while teaching a young client who had C.P., I was directly ostracize because she felt she had a right to mock my movements.  Obviously, someone put this in her mind.  Where did she get this from.  Was it her wealthy background, her being the eldest child, or her controlling, manipulative ways.  Was she made fun of by others, herself?  Or, did she believe that making fun would get her somewhere?

What she did not realize  was she was also making fun of herself.  With a stern, caring, compassionate, human side, I professionally sat her down; and reminded her that she too had a disability, and while it was the same, yet different, she would not like it if someone made fun of her.   People are not aware of how much there words can impact people around them.  It would be very useful if we all took the time to think before we hurt someone's feeling. If we perhaps, really took the time to be careful there would be a whole lot less suffering and tragedy.

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I am currently 31 years old I have a disability called cerebral palsy and I am in a wheelchair I was born with cerebral palsy and I have had three operations to try and manage it. My last operation went badly and I experienced very severe postoperative chronic pain for 10 years. I am doing great now and I want to help others with disabilities and chronic illnesses cope effectively with their conditions.