When brat becomes bully

To the editor:

“Name calling” is something I’ve become rather numb to through the nearly 60 years I’ve lived; however, on March 22, a brat named Matt called me a name to hurt me and impress his teenage girlfriend. (Audience adds emphasis to such misconduct.) No doubt, this little kid is as evil in school, hurting young children with his harsh words. We must be strong and realize that he is sick and needs help.

Later in life he’ll get a brutal awakening when he’s rude to someone other than “a little old lady.” As the bruises and stitches add up and the fat lips repeatedly close his mouth, he may learn the importance of kindness versus bullying. Until that time, I will treat him like an annoying mosquito that will soon be gone. My life experiences give me this strength, but not so the case for school-aged children who suffer far more from hurtful words. I’m grateful to have graduated in 1971. The times were much kinder, and the bullies were few.

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein


Pamela Milne Crane

Saranac Lake