Persuasive Essay About Bullying

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Picture this… You are in 8th grade running around at basketball practice going through your drills when you look around and realize that one of your teammates is not at practice. You think to yourself that it is really weird because he never misses practice. That’s the last you really question it until you hear the gymnasium doors swing open. You look over to the doors and see your teammate walk through the door. You see he has wires hooked up to his chest and connected to a machine. You over hear coach yell, “What the hell is wrong with you Ethan?” This was reality for 8th grade Ethan Thompson following a visit to the hospital after a series of sicknesses. Up until this point everyone had only seen Ethan as Ethan, but now everyone saw Ethan …show more content…
One comment he talked about was when a couple friends would call him half robot and say he wasn’t human. When telling me this Ethan acknowledged that it made him mad and this also made me very angry. His mom also discussed how Ethan may not remember but for a long-time Ethan wasn’t invited to a lot of things because they didn’t know if he could and they didn’t want to ask him. This was a social handicap for Ethan and it was hard for him to overcome because it had more to do with his peers overcoming the unfamiliar difference Ethan had and becoming comfortable enough with him again to discuss his disability and the limitations he had/ did not have. His friends now are very comfortable with him Ethan said his friends probably know his disorders as well as he does. This made me really happy for Ethan and for his friends because I know those feelings can be difficult to …show more content…
During the detecting stage of the four-d approach I really didn’t have this in the typical way. I found out about Ethan’s disability at a fall ball game with my mom, brother, and Ethan’s family. I was shocked because I had known Ethan as a participant on my brother’s teams for years and I never realized that he had any type of disability. I immediately back pedaled in my brain trying to figure out if I had ever noticed anything to suggest he had this disability or if I may have ever said something that could have been taken the wrong way. I also suddenly understood why Val was such an “overprotective” mom. During the deciding phase I realized that many of the feelings I was having right off the bat were probably not the best feelings and reactions. I recognized that I was over reacting on many of the reactions I was having and that Ethan is still the same Ethan who has been playing on my brother’s baseball team for

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