Skip to comments.Sixth-grader's turns tables on bullying
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 ...
Okay, that actually sounds paranoid unless they are whispering really loudly....
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.
Okay, that actually sounds paranoid
Get real.....Shes not paranoid she is observant
God Bless her.
What a sweetie.
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...
You don’t know that we watch you and whisper about you?
I know you do! It’s been going on for a while too!
Makes me so mad...
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.
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.
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.
She is definitely cute. Probably a good kid too.
You have a picture for every occasion/story!
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.
Vivaldi had a concerto for every season :-)
your press... lol
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
“Honey, little Johnny is in the blotter again!!”
Or maybe your school paper created the blotter just for you?
you’ve probably forgotten how kids act. or you were not the ones being picked on.
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.
Bo Derek is no role model for kids at all
I can’t find a picture of her. Would like to see this sweet kid.
I don’t see a photo of her at the article, what are you all looking at? lol
You don’t see her pic on the first post?
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.
I googled. She is cute, and more importantly she’s got spunk and drive. so, go girl!
Why would another school need to “inquire” about putting a bench in the corner/hallway??
You some kind of anarchist radical?
Somehow I believe it
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.
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.
"He's sooo good looking."
"And smart too!"
"I wish he'd be my friend."
High school was the roughest six years of my life.
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.
Yes, you deserve recompense
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.
How many adhd kids does it take to screw in a lightbulb?...you wanna go play baseball?
Thank you very much!! Reading these comments mean so much
I do dishes every night!!
I want to be a marine biologist! That is why I live in Florida!
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!
Thank you so much! You made my day