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Monday, 24 February 2014

Bullying


Children can be cruel. Bullying in schools across the globe is endemic. However, it is often the parents of the victims that provide the catalyst. If parents give their offspring a stupid name, what outcome do they expect when their child interacts with their peers at school? When Mr & Mrs Peacock named their son Drew, there was only ever going to be one result. It amazes me that the name Adolf still frequents books of children's names.
When Toby Flood first got picked for the England rugby team, I had my concerns. Toby is not the hardest of names. I find it difficult to believe there has ever been a school bully called Toby. It is high unlikely that a Toby ever stole your dinner money. at least the Welsh rugby player Toby Falatau had the sense to change his name to Taulupe. Not the name I would have chosen, but nevertheless a big step in the right direction.
The Vikings had the right idea. Vikings earned their names through great trials and deeds, rather than just settling for their birth name. Eric Bloodaxe and Thorfinn Skullsplitter did terribly well. Not so Harald Finehair!

23 comments:

  1. I named my son Adolf. Not because I have any kind of affinity with Hitler. I think he was a right tosser. I've just always been a fan of Eichmann.

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    1. Does anybody in Germany or Austria still name their sons Adolf?

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    2. Would a child called Adolf himself become a victim of bullies nowadays?

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    3. If it were a girl, certainly.

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  2. I think Toby Flood is cute, but he certainly doesn't look like he would win in a fight.

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  3. Kids aren't so much cruel as honest. They say what they see.

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  4. Throwing eggs at ginger kids isn't really bullying. That's sport!

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  5. Vikings always look sexy. Real men.

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  6. Toby Flood looks like a wimp, but I have no idea who he is.

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    1. Do you ever use Google Chloe?

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    2. That doesn't come as a surprise Chloe.

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  7. Bullying happens in nature all the time. It is cruel but natural.

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  8. When I was at school our bully was called Eric Bent. In those days bent meant crooked. Today he would probably be the victim with a name like that.

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  9. The bully in my class when I was at school hanged himself two years after he left. He wasn't missed.

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  10. We had a Toby in my class. Be became an accountant.

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  11. There has always been bullies and there always will be. It is in our nature. It is how we deal with it that matters.

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