everyone meet gage berger.
he is six years old.
he was getting bullied because of the size of his ears.
well to hell with faked sicknesses and endless amounts of therapy!
his parents did the next best thing…
A six-year-old Utah boy underwent cosmetic surgery after bullies at his school teased him on the size of his ears. Gage Berger, a child in first grade, was often called “elf ears” by classmates—according to Berger’s parents Tim and Kallie. Out of fear that being bullied at such a young age would hurt Berger’s mental health in the long-term, his parents decided surgery was the best solution.
But while most of us had to deal with bullies the “old fashioned way” (fight back or simply ignore it), Berger’s parents feel like the operation was worth it to avoid life-long issues.
Speaking to The New York Daily News, plastic surgeon Dr. Tracy Pfeifer notes that it’s “not unusual for a child to have ear surgery at a relatively young age.” Steven J. Pearlman, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, said that the surgery was reasonable decision, pointing out that when children are bullied, “it’s harder to make friends so they become socially stunted. They are also perceived as less intelligent by peers and even adults.”
However, Child and Family Psychologist Dr. Karen Caraballo, finds the choice concerning. While she understands that bullying can have long-term psychological effects, there should be other steps taken before having a child go under the knife. These include ignoring the bullies, finding other activities for the child outside of school, and simply promoting a positive body image.
It’s understandable that Berger’s parents would want to help ease their child’s schoolyard suffering, but this may be a touch too far.
here is gage now:
aaaaah to be rich and white.
well i will admit that he looks better.
at that age,
you still are growing into your looks.
we all can’t run to a plastic surgeon to look like this:
you know ^that suddenly makes life all better.
i dunno tho.
i was bullied as a cub.
i was really quiet,
and hated how i looked.
that made me a target.
i told my parents,
they came down to my school,
and i was bullied even more!
now my bullies are all dead beats and jail birds.
i learned how to be strong by learning how to ignore.
it was hell going to school,
but i got through it.
now i’m amazing,
and people respect me.
even tho i have my moments,
we all still suffer from our own insecurities.
i feel the parents of this cub are wrong.
at the same time tho,
did it put a band-aid on his bullying?
what if someone doesn’t like his small lips?
his beady eyes?
the shape of his head?
almost all of the time,
the things people bullied us for,
are the same things people love us for.
they do say your flaws are what make you beautiful.
article taken: yahoo news