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Kevin Beck’s response to an interesting article about kids persecuting another kid who was an atheist:
When I first read the blog entry, I thought I was dealing with a bunch of first- or second-graders. Once I quit skimming, I was shocked to learn that the kids in question are all sixth-graders.
Kevin, you are such a naive young innocent. I read the story as a familiar example of common bigotry at all ages — my daughter experienced the same general phenomenon in elementary school, in junior high, and high school. Being an atheist makes you a witch who is going to hell; the fact that she was also active in promoting gay rights made her a lesbian who was going to hell.
At least Skatje‘s story has a happy ending, in that she escaped from the school and is now enrolled at college, a much more tolerant place. The other story also seems to have a fairly happy ending, in that the Madison County School District of Huntsville, Alabama deserves recognition for responding quickly and appropriately to shut down the taunting junior league bigots.