Being teased is not something most kids want to talk about. But last spring, a girl from PS 24 in Brooklyn did a brave thing: As part of one of our “diversity panels” at the school, she traveled to Brooklyn’s PS 130 to share her story of being teased.
She told a class full of students about how she had been teased because she was overweight and because she had lived in a homeless shelter. She’d also been teased because she had a learning disability. But then she told the class about one boy at PS 24 who did not tease her: “Instead of laughing at me about how bad my math was, he helped me,” she said. And then she offered some advice to the PS 130 students: “Be patient with kids with learning challenges. Be like that boy was to me.”