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First-Grade Girl Bullied Over Star Wars Thermos

Why should a child be afraid to go to school because of what's in her lunchbox?

Carrie Goldman, author of the book "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About the Cycle of Fear."
Carrie Goldman, author of the book "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About the Cycle of Fear."

By Dennis Robaugh


A Chicago mom's daughter was bullied over, of all things, a Star Wars thermos she took to school for lunch. She was called names and taunted because her classmates thought the movie-themed drink container was just for boys.


Her mom, Carrie Goldman, posted the bullying story on her blog and the showing of support from around the world was overwhelming. The sad experience prompted Goldman to write a book, "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About the Cycle of Fear." The book is a National Parenting Publications Awards 2013 Gold Medal Winner, and you can find the book on Amazon.com.


Patch covered an event Goldman spoke at last year. Among other things, she recommended that if your child is being bullied you should keep a written record of the incidents – no feelings, no emotions, just hard facts – the date, the time, who was involved and what happened. This keeps everyone more rational and clear thinking if the matter has to be addressed on a higher level.


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