A friend was talking about his son’s experience of high school, when he mentioned that, despite the lad’s many successes during grades 11 and 12, the earlier years had been a bit rocky.
“We realized — long after the fact of course — that our son had actually been bullied in grades 7 and 8. As a matter of fact, the only reason we even found out about this at all was because the bully was later thrown out of the school. His expulsion sparked a conversation, where my son finally told me about how he himself had been victimized by this guy for over a year.
When I asked my son, ‘Why didn’t you at least tell us about this at the time?’ all he could say was, ‘I didn’t want to disappoint you.’ Can you believe that? Didn’t want to disappoint me?
It’s been years and I still think about that comment. It is just mind-boggling; it says so much about ‘boyland.’”