How can bullying start in kindergarten? This morning I heard about a 5 year old being put in a headlock by another 5 year old and pulling his glasses off his head. My first reaction was WTF? And it has been on my mind all day.
What does a child that age know about bullying? Why would a child that age do that? The sad part is that the bully is probably bullied at home and thinks it’s normal behavior. Is he destined to be a bad person forever? I believe being mean is learned, so I think it can be changed.
What if someone could show this child a different way to treat people? Does he think that this is how you treat friends? Does he think that is playing? What if another child tried to talk to him and asked why he did that?
I would like to think that it’s worth a try. So far, answering to hate with hate has not been shown to work. Just him only getting in trouble for the incident is probably not the answer. I hope the other child talks to him and shows him there’s a better way to play. There’s a lot of pain hidden behind bullying and hatred and I think the pain only grows without love. What if we tried to reach these children, sooner than later? Could we change the direction they are headed?
I”d like to think so…