Originally Posted by Yosemite
I view mobs as just folks that unfortunately never grew up and matured beyond a child/teen mentality. IMO the folks in "mobs", so to speak, feel a need to batter someone else down in order to feel good about themselves so I think they have some serious issues that they haven't dealt with in their lives.
Originally Posted by GingersMom
I grew up being called all kinds of names - I was the pale, fair-eyed and haired, shy girl with too high an IQ for the rest of the student body.
Very interesting input - thanks. The concrete situation we're going to have to deal with at school is that a group of 18-year-old girls who are "underachievers", to put it nicely, are mobbing a 25-year-old guy. He's very gifted in languages (he's in a program for native German speakers learning English and Spanish as foreign languages, although none of the three are his mother tongue), good-looking, and not interested in "gigglers". Seven years can be a big age gap at that stage of life. He's lazy as sin, falls asleep or daydreams in classes, often forgets to bring his textbooks, and still manages to get very good grades, and they resent that. That's understandable, but their reaction is downright immature and petty.
I've already talked to the girls, and told them that they seemed envious and resentful, and while I could understand their feelings, their behavior was still unacceptable. Apparently, other teachers have also had the same discussion with them.
Their victim is becoming more and more sarcastic every day, which just eggs them on, because it's so clear that he rejects any "advances" they've made on him.
Why do people have to be so petty?