For those that don’t know (which is evidently becoming a very short list) a little girl named Katie was the focus of school bullies, simply because she brought some Star Wars items to school with her.
At summer’s end, Katie and I went to Target to pick out her backpack, lunchbox and water bottle for the new school year. After great deliberation, she chose a Star Wars water bottle to match her Star Wars backpack.
Katie loves Star Wars, and she was very excited about her new items. For the first few months of school, she proudly filled her water bottle herself and helped me pack her lunch each morning.
But a week ago, as we were packing her lunch, Katie said, “My Star Wars water bottle is too small. It doesn’t hold enough water. Can I take a different one?” She searched through the cupboard until she found a pink water bottle and said, “I’ll bring this.”
I was perplexed. “Katie, that water bottle is no bigger than your Star Wars one. I think it is actually smaller.”
“It’s fine, I’ll just take it,” she insisted.
I kept pushing the issue, because it didn’t make sense to me. Suddenly, Katie burst into tears.
She wailed, “The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle. They say it’s only for boys. Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it. I want them to stop, so I’ll just bring a pink water bottle.”
I hugged her hard and felt my heart sink. Such a tender young age, and already she is embarrassed about the water bottle that brought her so much excitement and joy a few months ago.
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Now, I’m not going to sit here and ridicule the boys, because these are all 1st graders, but come on kids. There is nothing wrong with a girl showing her love for Star Wars. Star Wars is for boys and girls, men and women, and even pets of all ages.
This incident has literally swept across the net in just a few days. I think these boys and any others who bully girl fans will get the point. Your teasing is unsupported by the entire Star Wars fan base.
Katie, a personal message to you from Knights Archive: no matter what personal difficulties that you are going through, in addition to the bullying, which hopefully will cease, you are amongst a family consisting of literally millions. Pay no mind to the bullies. Embrace your individuality and your love for Star Wars. Keep your chin up.
And always remember… the ability to crush a spirit is insignificant next to the power of the Force.