I stood up for a gay kid being bullied

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    Apr 06, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    The bus that I take to and from university sometimes picks up a gang of high school kids at a few stops back. Today in particular I noticed these group of boys were giving this one kid a hard time. Since I basically sitting on the other side of them, I could overhear everything they were saying to him. Lots of gay slurs and put downs. The kid obviously couldn't stick up for himself, so I jumped up and sat right in front of him. I got pretty upset and told the other boys that they had better back off (in the back of mind I was thinking I can't fight these kids, I'll get arrested lol). Anyhow, my raised voice apparently shut them up and they left him alone. Then I heard overheard them say they were going to get off at his stop, so I told the kid I would walk him home. I got off at his stop and walked him to his apartment complex (or wherever it was he lived). He was such sweet guy, and I could tell he was obviously gay, but probably won't admit it for a few more years. I told him that if he needed me, I'd always be riding the same route home.
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    Dude, this is AWESOME! I think we ALL have a responsibility to look after those who are too meek to take care of themselves. As somebody who was religiously picked on and tormented, I know I would have appreciated somebody doing that for me. Totally made my night. Thanks!
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    Kudos! This was a good story and that kid will hopefully one day pass that on to another kid being picked on.

    How much are you willing to bet that one of those kids messing with him is gay?
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    That was very nice of you. You are a good man.
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Yayyy icon_lol.gif way to go
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    You definitely deserve the humanitarian be the change you want to see in the world award. Your action is to be commended.

    Thanks for being a decent human being. The world needs more of them.
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    Proud of you!

    This is what I will vote for as 'Man' of the day actions. So yeah. vote casted.
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    That's awesome!
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    That's very nice of you. Can you talk with him to get his parents involved and meet with the school? If he is embarrassed to go to his parents, maybe you can persuade him and both of you see them. The movie Bully is out now and the whole topic is getting a lot of attention. Some of the incidents in that movie also took place on a bus. If nothing is done, they could wait for another opportunity and really give him a hard time.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/why-a-bullied-student-a-parent-and-a-school-official-opened-their-lives-to-filmmaker/2012/04/04/gIQAKGAnzS_story.html
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Heroic. And when the time comes when that kid joins RJ I'm sure he'll be fierce! *snap*
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    This is indeed commendable......

    however....
    (and im not trolling...really and seriously im not)

    I find it hard to believe that a group of teenagers backed down after what u said. I'm surprised they didn't whoop ur ass to be honest. I grew up in fort lauderdale...and south florida....my entire life. I find this almost unbelieveable...
    and yes, it's a shame that i may be jaded in saying this, but knowing how fort lauderdale is..... I almost dont believe this.


    I've visited every high school in broward county, much less fort lauderdale and the high schools kids in fort lauderdale (especially ones that are already picking on kids) are rough.... I had to visit broward county High schools for my job

    typically they are of lower-income/lower socio-econimoc background..parents are mostly uneducated immigrants from the caribbean and south america...these kids are tough.. I doubt that they would simply just "back down" because u spoke up...ur not exactly a tough looking guy.

    For example Fort Luaderdale high school.... I've seen kids get beat the fuck down right in the cafeteria for looking at another the wrong way.... I've seen gay kids attacked, fat kids, emos, u name it...... it's a serious problem..

    I'm finding it extremely hard to believe they u scared a group of teenagers off lol..

    btw, what college do u go to that u take a bus to? I went to FAU.....worked at FAU as well. I also worked at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.....and took summer classes at Broward college..

    I may be coming off as an asshole, but correct me if im wrong..please
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    You truely are heroic. I'm ashamed to say that I probably would have done nothing, except for felling sorry for that kid. The world needs more people like you.
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Hey, good for you. Thats awesome! You are a great guy for doing that!
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    That's awesome!!! We need more people like you in this world!!!
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    bravo icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    Hats off to you we need to be like you icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    You truly are an ambasador of hope for all those kids who feel that no one will stand up for them when they can not do it for themselves. Your actions and courage are truly commendable.

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    Apr 07, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    The world needs more people like you, man. Awesome! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Good job
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Awesome! Proud of you man! I went with Offshore and gave you MOTD; though I'm thinking MOTM is more appropriate for your exemplary and thoughtful act.
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    Awesome job man. It takes a lot to stand up and defend!
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    As MenInLove told me in mail; and Boland have proven; "you got to be the change you desire to see in the world." [[[Imagine my usually scathing words of bitter wisdom here]]]... We can all do our part where we're at.
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    Definitely a show of great character. I've done the same before except the kid wasn't gay. Just a passive guy who was more of a lover than a fighter.

    Proud to hear what you did =D
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Boland92 saidThe bus that I take to and from university sometimes picks up a gang of high school kids at a few stops back. Today in particular I noticed these group of boys were giving this one kid a hard time. Since I basically sitting on the other side of them, I could overhear everything they were saying to him. Lots of gay slurs and put downs. The kid obviously couldn't stick up for himself, so I jumped up and sat right in front of him. I got pretty upset and told the other boys that they had better back off (in the back of mind I was thinking I can't fight these kids, I'll get arrested lol). Anyhow, my raised voice apparently shut them up and they left him alone. Then I heard overheard them say they were going to get off at his stop, so I told the kid I would walk him home. I got off at his stop and walked him to his apartment complex (or wherever it was he lived). He was such sweet guy, and I could tell he was obviously gay, but probably won't admit it for a few more years. I told him that if he needed me, I'd always be riding the same route home.
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    It is almost always harder to lead than follow. Leadership by example is a very good and courageous thing.

    Good job.