I thought my fellow nameberries would be interested in this story I found. A girl named [name]Randi[/name] in Mississippi was beaten up by her school’s Fellowship of Christians for having a boy’s name.
Here’s the majority of the article:
[name]Randi[/name] [name]Foster[/name], a 12-year-old student at [name]Hernando[/name] Middle School in [name]Hernando[/name], Mississippi, was beat up by classmates because of her masculine-sounding name. [name]Jesus[/name].
Last [name]Wednesday[/name] four girls and a boy surrounded [name]Randi[/name] after a Fellowship of [name]Christian[/name] Students meeting, “talking about me like I was a man, and like, stuff like that,” [name]Randi[/name] says, who was teased for enjoying sports. “That I shouldn’t be in this world. And my name was a boy name.” The kids then proceeded to kick her in the legs and ribs, hit her face, and throw her into a cafeteria table. [name]Randi[/name]'s mother [name]Meggan[/name] [name]Foster[/name] says closed-circuit security cameras caught the whole thing on tape, but the principal won’t turn over the footage because it involves other students. And while disciplinary action will be taken “to the fullest extent of the law,” the principal assures. But that sounds like an empty promise: the police were not involved and no report was filed, which means “fullest extent” equals suspension or expulsion.
“I’m not scared or terrified,” says [name]Randi[/name], a brave young woman. “I’m a little worried because I’m not sure, you know, what’s going to happen when I do go back to school.”
Which is silly: She should know what’s going to happen. She she be assured by administrators the students will be kept at a distance, forced to undergo tolerance counseling, and otherwise punished. Moreover, there’s no reason [name]Randi[/name]'s mother cannot still go to police, who will obtain the video footage and enable [name]Randi[/name]'s family to press charges. And the leaders of the Fellowship of [name]Christian[/name] Students should be taking an active stand against this bullying ” and kick out the students who attacked [name]Randi[/name].
This isn’t about kids being kids. Somehow these little brats learned it’s okay to attack their peers for even the slightest perception of gender non-conformity.