I had big ears and I was skinny, an instant target. Many times my ears hurt from being flicked with pencils, my jacket drenched in spit, my mom had to hose it down. My dad told me to tune them out, and not to react. Well, I tried my best but one day I had had enough. A kid flicked my ear from behind, I instantly swung around and landed a solid left hook that dropped him like a stone, he had a shiner too. That was the last time I was bullied at school. I fought back and won, my parents paid for plastic surgery to have my ears pinned back, and long hair came in style.
Mark-Alan Whittle, Hamilton Mountain
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
When it comes to school strikes, I fondly recall when my disabled Son Logan went to public school, he had an Educational Assistant to help him in class. When the EA's went on strike, Logan was told he had to go home, he cried. I decided to correct the situation after getting permission from the Principal. I crossed the picket line and did the job myself, Logan and I were in the newspaper the next day. My advice to parents whose disabled children may be affected, stand up for your kids like I did. Your children have a right to an education, just like all the other kids in class.