Alfie’s Poem: Bullying Ain’t Nice

One young boy’s response to bullies: scribal self-expression that is a form of dignified self-care that can yield other positive results… as we can see in Alfie’s case.

We have a choice in how to react when we are bullied. Well this wise young boy after being mocked for having ginger hair and told through messages to go and kill himself did not stoop to the bullies’ level, rather he chose to be dignified; He took pen to paper and wrote his feelings down! If that isn’t self-care, I don’t know what is!

Not only was it therapeutic for him (I believe)! He actually expresses his sense of self worth at the end and his last words were unknown to be prophetic because now he and his poem are standing out in the media around the world. Talk about a turnaround! I love it! Love it 😍 love 💖 it!

Alfie’s Poem:

Bullying ain’t nice
It ain’t cool
Just because I am ginger
You’re so so cruel
Are you really like this?
Have you not got anything better to do?
Or are you gonna treat me like gum on the bottom of your shoe
You’re an idiot you have made me cry
But that’s not the case
Not even my home is my safe place
I see the messages and feel like crap
Its like I’m stuck in some sort of trap
So I’m not ok
But I will say I’m fine
I make people happy and people fake their smiles
I might be faking mine
I’ve got love and support
That’s all I need
Just please own up
Please please please
Don’t be like this
Don’t be mean
Can’t say it to my face
So you sit behind a screen
But I’m gonna carry on with life
Do what I wanna do
Don’t interrupt me anymore I’m done with you
So I’m not gonna sit there, cry and freak out
But without a doubt
I’m not gonna blend in
WHEN I WAS BORN TO STAND OUT

Click on the link here for Alfie’s  full story entitled “Ginger haired boy writes poem to bullies who told him he should die”:

 

Roots of Empathy Programme: Avoiding bullying & aggressive behaviour in formative years

ROOTS OF EMPATHY PROGRAMME

Roots of Empathy is a classroom program in Toronto, Canada, where infants are taken to visit elementary schools on a regular basis, in order to allow the schoolchildren to observe the infants’ development and emotions. The project was began in 1996 by Mary Gordon, a social entrepreneur and educator.

This is a brilliant programme called Roots of Empathy”. In this video link

https://binged.it/2DIe51w

it shows one of the days when a baby is brought into a 4th grade class and used as a means to get students to talk about the vulnerability of human beings and speak about their own feelings. It is a way of getting them to be sensitive to other people’s feelings and the goal is to prevent aggression and bullying.

The founder Mary Gordon said “It is no good raising a society of people who know how to read and compute well but not to relate well. Learning how to relate to one another requires empathy.”

Read more about Roots of Empathy from their website:
https://rootsofempathy.org/

I think this is a great, effective programme. What do you think?