Q: A kid at school picks on me. I’ve told him to quit, but he keeps bother me. How can I get him to stop?
A: We know of a boy who had a similar problem with a girl who teased and hit him constantly. This went on for weeks. The boy told the girl to stop, but she kept on. The girl figured she could get away with it because her victim was a boy, and of course, boys aren’t supposed to hit girls! But one day the boy decided he had had enough, so he punched her.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you punch the kid. In fact, that’s probably the worst thing you could do. But this story illustrates that if people ignore or fail to express their feelings, they will eventually explode.
Have you tried talking with this kid, really sharing how it feels to be picked on? Make it known in a kind but firm way that you don’t like being mistreated and that you’re not going to tolerate it. If it continues, talk to a teacher or parent who can help solve the problem. Maybe you could have one of your parents speak with the kid’s parents. They probably have no idea what’s going on.
One last thing: pray for this young person. He or she may be dealing with family troubles, lack of love, insecurity, jealousy, anger, or some other problem. Your prayers could make a big difference.