A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly – New York Times

A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly – New York Times

This is what school was like for me, almost the entire time, from kindergarten up. I took a lot of beatings, gave a few back. My problem was that I never knew when to shut up. Hell, I still don’t.

If I could talk to this Billy kid, I’d tell him: dude, Google these assholes in a decade. They won’t be there. They will have made no impression at all on the world, or any world that matters. They’ll be gas station attendants and video store clerks well into their thirties, married to ugly, stupid women and burdened with a half dozen ugly, stupid children. They will never leave Fayetteville.

You will win, dude. Eventually.

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  1. I saw this article too, and notwithstanding any merits it may have as a piece of armchair sociology, my reaction was that it’s a typical piece of fluff pseudo-news that the Grey Lady runs on its first page as a way of lamely signalling that they’re sensitive to the mundanities of everyday life. Verdict: Boring and totally inpappropriate for the so-called “national newspaper of record.” It’s not real news, and this kind of crap would NEVER appear on the front page of, say, the London Times, The Guardian, Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, Le Soir, the Yomiuri Shinbun, or any respectable European or Asian newspaper.

    This stuff might be appropriate for The American Journal of Sociological Research or something, but in THE major national newspaper? And on the front page, no less?

    This is what happens when Big Journalism is run by faceless committees and bureaucratic consensus — you get a lot of irrelevant, fuzzy-headed pabulum masquerading as “news”.

    BTW, I have absolutely no beef with someone writing shit about bullies. It’s definitely an interesting and relevant topic. Just not for the front page of the NYT.

    The problem is, is it appropriate to bump, say, a piece about the global economy, the 2008 election, climate change, or civil strife somewhere in the world, to the inside of the paper, so some pampered navel-gazing Charles Kuralt wannabe can have his little “Americana” piece featured on the front page?

    I’m just sayin’…

  2. If anything, the kid will either grow a thick skin and be a bigger man than these losers in time, or he’ll shoot up the school. It all depends on his psychology and how he handles it.

  3. this is fuckin mest up what they did to billy i would fuckin shoot the kids they would be shit

  4. me again im pissed that he just get fucked up i would bring a knife it just messede up if they call him gay but he ain’t

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