Scene: In the classroom, during lunch time. V has just finished eating her lunch and wants to go somewhere. She encounters a classmate’s bag blocking the way.
V: Excuse me.
Classmate: ….. (goes on eating lunch)
V: Excuse me.
Classmate: ….. (No reaction pa rin)
V: Excuuuuse me.
Classmate: ….. (deadma)
V: Excuuuuuuuuuse me!
Classmate: ….. (lamon pa rin. Walang naririnig.)
V: Excuuuuuuuuuuse meeeeeeee!
Classmate: ….. (super mega deadma talaga)
V: (in her thoughts) Ah ganun ha!
*whaapaak* *crash* *kablag*
Hindi. Hindi naman violent ang anak ko. No, she didn’t clobber the classmate in the head, although I would have done that if I were in the same situation and age.
V, exasperated at how her classmate continued to ignore her, gets fed up with being nice and decides to play the game. So she pushes classmate’s lunch box to get attention. The lunch box falls to the floor, and finally deadmatic classmate takes notice. The teacher also takes notice. And V is in trouble. Good thing, walang natapon na food.
End of story goes something like: teacher scolds V, V apologizes, everybody happy.
I don’t condone bad behavior. But kids, well, get bad trip just like we adults do. You try to ignore me to the 5th level, especially when I’m being nice, and you just be ready to get some biatching.
Bullies come in different shapes and sizes. There are the obvious violent ones, and there are the pa-simple, goody-two-shoes, teacher’s-pet ones.
Teachers, be fair. More importantly, be discerning.