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Watch This Strong 11-Year-Old Go Before School Superintendents To Talk About Bullying

Bullying exceeds the mere seven to three o’ clock torture fest that kids of yester-year endured. Round the clock cyberbulling, along with more conventional bullying, make life a quadruple hell for those kids who have obvious differences. Like 11-year-old Caine Smith, who says that he endures daily physical abuse (including being beaten and choked) and all because HE HAS TWO MOMS AND LONG HAIR. While children who are DAILY faced with this kind of horrific abuse may want to fade into the walls, Caine chose to speak out. And in front of school superintendents, no less.

In the following video, you see Caine talk candidly about the type of bullying he experiences every school day and how he finds solace in simple things like video games and Harry Potter.

I’ll bet that you can’t get through the three minutes without crying.

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  • Amber Starr

    What an amazing little boy. You were right: I couldn’t make it an entire minute without crying. This kid deserves to smile and laugh and go to school and feel safe… The school needs to do the right thing by this and every other child who is bullied by thugs at school. Holy hell, I need a hug now.

    • pineapplegrasss

      ((hug))
      I didnt make it w/o crying either.

  • Cee

    Wow.
    I really hope that these superintendents listen and address the situation. I know many districts, including my own, simply do not seem to know what to do about bullying. All kids have rights, and oddly enough, the bully sometimes seems to have more than the one being bullied.
    As someone that works in education, I have seen teacher’s and administrators fears and incompetence to tackle bullying problems because for every parent advocating for their bullying child, there is one advocating for the right of the bully to speak his/her mind, not be reprimanded, not be suspended, stating that the child was not bullying because it wasn’t as often as to be defined as such or defending themselves. Sadly, some schools cave to it.

    I hope these videos and these voices serve as a wake up to stand for the fairer fight. To not be afraid. If a child is standing up, we should too.

    • Angela

      Or when parents rally against anti-bullying campaigns. My school district just killed their anti-bullying initiative because it was thought to be too “pro-gay” because it taught *gasp* tolerance. And apparently bullying is exercising freedom of speech and religion.

    • Muggle

      Back in 2006, a Gay-Straight Alliance was set up at my school. One redneck dudebro thought the best way to deal with an annoying recruiter was to punch him in the face. His punishment? None. The assistant principal tore up the office referral and sent him on his merry way.

      Shit like this is why I’m an atheist. No, not because of the rampant homophobia in conservative churches. It’s because God never answered my prayers to get that awful town wiped out of existence by a hurricane. Hurricane Irene was so half-assed.

    • Aron

      Yeah because no “atheists” hate people. If someone is an atheist morality is subjective. So you can hate any and everybody and there is nothing morally wrong with it. So you can’t say murder is wrong or child molesting you can say you think there wrong but its just your opinion so if someone disagrees with you who’s right? You can say follow the laws of the land or treat people with respect. The laws can change in a second and without god whose to say people should be treated with respect. One could make and argument that it would be better in the long run to kill off 6,000,000,000 people to keep the species at a healthy level. Or just follow the eugenics program. But no in your eye you reject god because evils that you perceive in the world and you make yourself the be all when it comes to morality. Even though it is God that proves himself through creation and by giving humans morality.

    • Muggle

      I never said that atheists DON’T hate people. I’m just saying, for a religion that’s supposed to be about loving EVERYONE, they sure do hate gay people.

      As for morals… please. Humans are social animals and evolved to be such. Killing people and molesting children defeats that purpose, don’t you think? Not to mention, it’s sick. that’s why we think it’s wrong. We don’t need a centuries-old book to tell us that. Morality is only so subjective across cultures. Ultimately, it boils down to not what’s best for me, but what’s best for everyone. Atheists are just like any other human being, believe it or not. We are capable of genuine kindness and feeling love and compassion for our fellow humans.

      I didn’t reject God because of the hypocrisy and hate that runs rampant in conservative churches. While that got the ball rolling, I rejected God because of science. I was perfectly happy looking into other religions and being spiritual and vaguely theist, but I just could not shake the questions I had about science and religion’s seeming ignorance and hostility with it. I’ll provide you with a Carl Sagan quote to best explain how we atheists feel:

      “How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”

      A God that has produced a universe so huge and varied and beautiful cannot be reduced to the whims of hyper-intelligent organisms on one small, rocky planet that lives in one solar system out of, possibly, billions. I believe that Man created God to explain what could not be explained in the earliest days of human history.

    • LiteBrite

      I watched the documentary “Bully” a few weeks ago. I had it in my Netflix streaming queue forever because I really needed the emotional strength to watch it. It was incredibly disheartening to see these kids being bullied and the administrators just sitting in denial, telling the parents of one 17-year-old who committed suicide “We don’t think there’s a problem.” One district held a public meeting. Only parents and school security officers showed up; not one school administrator was present.

      My son’s school district “seems” to take bullying seriously. I put “seems” in quotation marks because while there has been a district-wide initiative to mitigate bullying, I think the real proof will be in how they react to an actual incident. Thankfully I have not been part of one. I hope I never have to be.

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  • Linda

    The parents of this boy should hire an off duty police officer to be a body guard for this boy and SEND THE BILL TO THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION UNTIL THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. No one has the right to put their hands on someone else without their permission. The law should protect this boy and any others who are being abused. The parents need to contact the local police and report all incidents of abuse to them. Keeping records of all abuse and actions or in-actions by the school should all be kept ( by the parents) so when they go to court to sue the shit out of the school district they have records. All children have the right to an education free of abuse, harassment, intolerance.