24 May 2012

TDIV Q&A: How do you handle a vegan child being bullied in school?

Q: How do you handle a vegan child being bullied in school?

A: I'm sorry that this child is being bullied for choosing to lead a life that is compassionate to animals. First, it is important for this child to understand that the bullying is not their fault; they are not to blame. Next, I would approach the situation as one of bullying first, and then as one that involves veganism. Schools these days often have anti-bullying months, campaigns and initiatives. Bullying in general is a practice that is not okay for any reason. Getting the school's administration involved is often beneficial. My advice would be, however, to do it subtly; you do not want the child to be targeted.

Often, a lot of bullying comes from ignorance. What people do not know/understand, they choose to challenge. It might be helpful for the teachers to try to educate the students in their classes about different eating habits, be it veg'anism or anything else. Unfortunately, there is a stereotyping with veg'anism and the only way to change that, in my opinion, is to educate, educate, educate. In my experience, emphasizing the benefits of an animal-free diet, is often more effective than highlighting the savagism of a diet that includes animals.

I hope that this answer was helpful, and I wish you the best of luck in the situation.

Article by Zan Vania

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