so i work with kids at a day camp
and these two kids who are about 12 years old were talking about this boy in their class at school who is afraid of his mom. i overheard their conversation on the bus and i had to ask more. they said he was too afraid to ask her to play with his friends outside. he once got a 98 on a test and she pushed him down the stairs. he is too afraid to ask when dinner is. his mom apparently eats her dinner first and then an hour later serves the kids dinner. he was grounded for 3 months because he didn’t get into a high enough math class for her liking.
as you can see, this is blatantly abusive and i wish i knew the kid’s full name, otherwise i’d look into contacting his school to file an anonymous report or something. HOWEVER, the point of this post was not to just talk about today’s youth being abused. the story isn’t over.
the whole time these boys were telling me these things about their friend, they were LAUGHING. it’s not because they’re terrible people and think abuse is funny. it’s because abuse is so fucking normalized that it becomes a joke; it’s become a casual conversation on a school bus; it’s become NORMAL.
i am so disgusted that society normalizes abuse of all kinds now. i thought it was just emotional abuse, but apparently now physical abuse is normal too.