Oct 30, 2012

Bullied For Liking Star Wars

This story is well worth a read.

First-grader Katie Goldman started getting taunted by boys because she was bringing a Star Wars water bottle to school. One day she asked her mom for a pink one instead, and when her mom asked her why, Katie cried, saying she was getting teased by boys. 

Star Wars is not for girls, she was told. Act your gender and stop liking Star Wars.

photo credit: Chicago Now

Try telling Ashley Eckstein that. Ms. Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka in The Clone Wars, has been a high-profile voice proclaiming that Star Wars is for girls too. 

Ahsoka is a light saber-wielding, butt-kicking female character on the animated Star Wars series, and Ms. Eckstein has been a voice for girls who love geek culture but have been taunted by boys who think girls should stay out.

News flash: geek culture is for EVERYONE.

Her mom put out a plea for help, and The 501st Legion responded, helping Katie build a movie-accurate Imperial Stormtrooper costume.

There are pictures of Legion members, mostly women who have their own costumes, posing with a beaming Katie in her armor. This is a great feel-good story and represents perfectly what The 501st Legion is all about. This story will make your day.

Bullying is a serious problem. There are kids who attempt, and commit suicide because of bullying, and not enough school administrators are proactive enough to put a stop to it. There are groups that have formed to fight bullying and empower kids who are bullied.

One group is the Champions Against Bullying. 

Stop Bullying is another great resource for information about Bullying, and how to put a stop to it.
There's a great list of books for kids about bullying, grouped by age; check it out HERE

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