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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Girls Bullied For Liking Star Wars & Superheroes!

As some of you know, the subject of kids being bullied is quite near and dear to my heart. I have no bones admitting that I was a bullied kid, and as I've stated before, it wasn't just a once in a blue moon thing, it was an everyday thing and often times more than once in a day thing.


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But this isn't about me. It's about two girls. For Katie, her bullying started four years ago when she was in the first grade for loving Star Wars. Instead of the cliche pink bottles that most girls in her school brought with them to lunch, Katie brought a Star Wars bottle and was immediately ridiculed and taunted by the other kids. Of course, the usual, "Star Wars are for boys" line was the main reason for the taunts that Katie's peers felt justified in bestowing her. Personally, I think they were just jealous, because that's one heck of an awesome R2-D2 water bottle!

It had gotten so bad that Katie pleaded to get a pink water bottle just so they would leave her alone. Katie's mother, a columnist for Chicago Now, wrote about what was happening to her daughter at school, and females who also love Star Wars around the globe began responding in support of Katie, letting her know that she was not alone and her love of Star Wars was nothing to be ashamed of.

When Katie wanted to be a Storm Trooper for Halloween in 2012 to support the charitable group the 501st Legion, her mother reached out to them for advice on making a Storm Trooper costume. Those bad asses at the 501st Legion crafted a custom made outfit for her instead. 

Recently, another eleven year old girl named Alison was also tormented in school for loving both Star Wars and Spider-Man, and this torment sometimes went beyond verbal abuse to physical attacks. Similar with my own experience, the authorities at her school did not do much to rectify the problem.

A member of the 501st Legion contacted Carrie and Katie Goldman and asked if Katie might be willing to pass along her Storm Trooper costume to Allison. Katie, of course, said, "Yes!" Katie and her friends even went a step further and wrote notes of support and encouragement to Allison.


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Allison suited up and joined the 501st Legion the next day, finding out she was not alone and that there were fans of every creed, gender, and ages who love the same thing she does and celebrated that love without apology or shame. I like stories like these, because it reminds me that even though there are a lot of douche bags out in this great big world of ours, there are also a lot of people with big hearts.

It just goes to show you that it doesn't take super powers or abilities to be a hero. Sometimes all it takes is the empathy to reach out with a kind gesture of support no matter how big or small, and that's a power we all have.

We will probably never entirely rid of bullying. That very well may be a sad fact, but that doesn't mean we have to be passive or apathetic towards it. A huge heart-felt shout out to Carrie Goldman for being an awesome mom and the 501st Legion for having the generosity to bring smiles into this world instead of tears.

As for Allison and Katie, you awesome, young ladies are truly Jedi! The force shall forever be with you!





3 comments:

  1. I love stories like this because I too was bullied and beat up everyday so thanks for posting this!

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    1. Hey Gabriel, how you doing, bro? Sorry to hear that you had to go through all that mess also! Good to hear from you. How's the collecting going?

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  2. I'm doing okay and as for collecting the po lost my walking dead 127 and since it had insurance on it if they don't find it in 5 days they owe me me money and I'll be sending tos 39 and jla #1 to be graded, I've been following your articles but never had anything to say about them lol! alsi this may sound like a stupid request but can you make a article on how to make and link your affiliate account on mycomicshop? because I tried and failed :(

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