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Sixth-grader's turns tables on bullying
ajc.com ^ | By MACKENZIE RYAN

Posted on 11/27/2012 4:02:52 PM PST by rawhide

PALM BAY, Fla. — For most of Acacia Woodley's 10 years, she has noticed people staring at her and, at times, whispering about her.

The sixth-grader at Palm Bay Elementary School has learned to stand up for herself. Born without a right hand and a deformed left one, she has embraced what she calls her "difference." It's part of what makes Acacia, Acacia.

"Some people say they feel sorry for me. I tell them not to be," she said. "I don't care that I'm different. I like that I'm different."

Moving from the Caribbean to South Carolina, then to Arizona, and finally Florida, Acacia realized there were bullies everywhere.

After arriving in Brevard, she decided to do something about it. She proposed a place where anyone could go when they need a friend, when they could use some support or reassurance. Or even a hug.

A "friendship bench."

If a student sits on the bench, it's a signal to classmates — and nearby adults — it's time to become a friend. Acacia borrowed the idea from something she'd seen in South Carolina.

Acacia's first friendship bench sits in the Palm Bay Elementary School lobby, a brightly painted, Adirondack-stye place to sit.

So far, it's been put to good use and has proven such a popular idea that other schools are inquiring about one, too.

(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...


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KEYWORDS: friendship
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To: rawhide
For most of Acacia Woodley's 10 years, she has noticed people staring at her and, at times, whispering about her

Okay, that actually sounds paranoid unless they are whispering really loudly....

2 posted on 11/27/2012 4:05:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rawhide
What a sweetie.

From experience after my son's first brain tumor operation, one side of his head shaved and scared. People in Church whispering as they looked at him. He wore a hat most often.

He told me, he would rather they come and ask him about it than to stare. Don't be afraid to ask, in fact you may be very enlightened, they don't bite.

3 posted on 11/27/2012 4:19:00 PM PST by annieokie
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To: GeronL

Okay, that actually sounds paranoid

Get real.....Shes not paranoid she is observant


4 posted on 11/27/2012 4:30:20 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: rawhide

God Bless her.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 4:31:08 PM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: rawhide

What a sweetie.


6 posted on 11/27/2012 4:35:17 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: t1b8zs

With really good hearing.

People are always whispering to each other in the hallways....

“Berny smells weird”

“Monica has a white stain on her dress”

“Mr. Monroe was hitting on me... yuck (or easy A)”

“Wanna buy some Twinkies, they’re serving sprouts for lunch again?”

“Why does the school nurse keep giving me balloons?”

...............

When I was in Jr High, there was this kid who was a bit... handicapped... he had deformed hands, a sideways foot, 3 fingers on one (actually two of his fingers had melded together before birth)...

You know what??

Everyone liked the guy!! Kind of like Timmay! on South Park... which didn’t exist back then...


7 posted on 11/27/2012 4:35:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

You don’t know that we watch you and whisper about you?


8 posted on 11/27/2012 4:49:11 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: righttackle44

lolz

I know you do! It’s been going on for a while too!

Makes me so mad...

:p


9 posted on 11/27/2012 4:51:29 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rawhide

If her difference had been detected in utero, this beautiful child would likely have been aborted. Read in the article how devastated her mother was. People don’t know how strong they can be until they try.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 5:00:54 PM PST by informavoracious (God help us.)
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To: rawhide; Joe 6-pack

And at age 10, she already has high, rounded cheekbones a la Bo Derek and arched brows. Let’s have that discourse on perfect design.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 5:19:20 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: GeronL
I've taken up for you when the whispers start. I've always said that if you could manage to get your shoes off, you could count higher than 10. If... ;)

The kid is a cute kid, and has some guts. She's likely to go far. I wouldn't mind having her for a grand-daughter.

/johnny

12 posted on 11/27/2012 5:27:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
They should also have a "friendship stockade" for the kids doing the bullying :-)


13 posted on 11/27/2012 5:30:03 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JRandomFreeper

She is definitely cute. Probably a good kid too.


14 posted on 11/27/2012 5:32:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You have a picture for every occasion/story!


15 posted on 11/27/2012 5:35:33 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: GeronL
Probably a good kid too.

They always look innocent. It's a cover. I'll bet she just scored a multi-million ruble black market deal on the internet. Look at that smug smile. ;)

I always give kids the respect I give to adults. Lots of times, they live up to that.

She's getting positive press at age 10. Better than I did. None of my press was positive.

/johnny

16 posted on 11/27/2012 5:42:39 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
"You have a picture for every occasion/story!"

Vivaldi had a concerto for every season :-)

17 posted on 11/27/2012 5:43:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JRandomFreeper

your press... lol


18 posted on 11/27/2012 5:44:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
K. Police blotter. Whatever... ;)

/johnny

19 posted on 11/27/2012 5:47:09 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

dude....

why would you look at a 10 year old and think of Bo Derek? You might as well say she looks perfect for Penthouse or something. ugh


20 posted on 11/27/2012 5:48:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rawhide
I wonder what she intends to do with her life. She's in a good place to get some great mentors. And she seems smart enough to do pretty much anything she wants.

/johnny

21 posted on 11/27/2012 5:50:45 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Honey, little Johnny is in the blotter again!!”

..........

Or maybe your school paper created the blotter just for you?


22 posted on 11/27/2012 5:52:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

you’ve probably forgotten how kids act. or you were not the ones being picked on.


23 posted on 11/27/2012 5:52:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: GeronL

I suppose it’s because we share a gender, and I’m struck that while there are expectations that we groom ourselves, this girl meets all of them naturally! And Bo Derek has always epitomized pulchritude to me.

Ugh! I really ought to snap out of the habit of explaining myself to all and sundry.


24 posted on 11/27/2012 5:54:12 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: definitelynotaliberal

Bo Derek is no role model for kids at all


25 posted on 11/27/2012 5:56:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I can’t find a picture of her. Would like to see this sweet kid.


26 posted on 11/27/2012 5:59:32 PM PST by WVNan
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To: GeronL

I don’t see a photo of her at the article, what are you all looking at? lol


27 posted on 11/27/2012 6:02:24 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

You don’t see her pic on the first post?


28 posted on 11/27/2012 6:06:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: WVNan
I guess the pic got yanked for copyright reasons.

I can describe her for you. Standard issue skinny blond 10 year old with glasses, weird smug smile, no right hand, left hand there but not normal.

Looks like a kid to me. She'd be taller if they hadn't turned so much under for foot, but that goes with that age group.

She wouldn't get any slack around here on doing dishes.

/johnny

29 posted on 11/27/2012 6:09:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper; GeronL

I googled. She is cute, and more importantly she’s got spunk and drive. so, go girl!


30 posted on 11/27/2012 6:18:26 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: GeronL
Link with picture
31 posted on 11/27/2012 6:21:16 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Why would another school need to “inquire” about putting a bench in the corner/hallway??


32 posted on 11/27/2012 6:35:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
Gotta go to the Central Committee and get approval from the zampolit and other drones to do something like placing a bench.

You some kind of anarchist radical?

/johnny

33 posted on 11/27/2012 6:39:26 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: visualops
Cute only goes so far around here... there are dishes to be done... ;)

/johnny

34 posted on 11/27/2012 6:42:09 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Somehow I believe it


35 posted on 11/27/2012 7:38:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
There is room to move around in a Soviet world, but it's difficult. Freedom is a state of mind. Zampolits sometimes slip and fall when inspecting kitchens. ;)

That's why this story pings my heartstrings. She's got a problem, but she's coping with the tools she has. Hard for a grandpa that loves fighters not to mist up about that.

/johnny

36 posted on 11/27/2012 7:59:37 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GeronL

My dad was in the Navy so we moved around a lot and as a result, my parents’ culture influenced me more than the school herd mentality. I was always the new kid (we moved on average every one and a half years because of my dad’s speciality) and so I learned different values.

My parents were cultural Christians and one of the things we did was befriend the kids who were bullied and all of us knew how to fight so it was not a good idea to continue the bully game with our friends.

Christians who teach their children to live by the example of Jesus and His power really can influence the place where they are. Humanists are trying to change the meaning of “bullying” to anyone who is politically incorrect -disagrees with them or any group who they hate. They use that as an excuse to define “victims” and to organize and condone victimhood and p.c. bullying which is now violent.


37 posted on 11/27/2012 8:02:07 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: JRandomFreeper

LOL!


38 posted on 11/28/2012 4:36:48 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: GeronL
I had to get used to all the whispering when I was in school...

"He's sooo good looking."
.
"And smart too!"
.
"I wish he'd be my friend."
.
"Me too."

High school was the roughest six years of my life.

39 posted on 11/28/2012 7:59:33 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: GeronL

I am offended, my bench was always the one in the hallway and my chair was always in the corner! I never understood putting the ADHD kid out in the hallway, unsupervised, alone...served my teacher right when I decided I was bored and walked home.


40 posted on 11/28/2012 8:59:46 AM PST by Docbarleypop
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To: Jeff Chandler

lol!!


41 posted on 11/28/2012 12:27:31 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Docbarleypop

Yes, you deserve recompense


42 posted on 11/28/2012 12:29:44 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Docbarleypop
I never understood putting the ADHD kid out in the hallway, unsupervised, alone

I always was assigned to the library where I would read whatever book I was reading, or the multi-media shop.

I was the only one that knew where all the parts were for the 16mm projectors.

In Mrs. Deaver's biology class, she sent me to get projectors (is it serial number ending in 179? good).

I went through that biology class because I also spoke french, and there was a Vietnamese refugee tagging along beside me for a year that didn't speak much english when she arrived.

Deaver knew I had read Whittle's papers (I was aiming for Air Force back then), along with Crick's, didn't need the class, and released me as soon as 'our girl' was settled.

I never got bored in school. There was too much to upset.

/johnny

43 posted on 12/05/2012 6:17:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

How many adhd kids does it take to screw in a lightbulb?...you wanna go play baseball?


44 posted on 12/06/2012 6:52:28 AM PST by Docbarleypop
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To: carriage_hill

Thank you very much!! Reading these comments mean so much


45 posted on 09/15/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT by Acacia W.
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To: JRandomFreeper

I do dishes every night!!


46 posted on 09/15/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT by Acacia W.
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To: JRandomFreeper

I want to be a marine biologist! That is why I live in Florida!


47 posted on 09/15/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT by Acacia W.
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To: andyk

Thank you!


48 posted on 09/15/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT by Acacia W.
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To: informavoracious

My mother, although she believed i wouldn’t accomplish much she doesn’t believe in abortion so no i would’ve came into this world either way!


49 posted on 09/15/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT by Acacia W.
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thank you so much! You made my day


50 posted on 09/15/2013 7:48:58 PM PDT by Acacia W.
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