a long discussion in response to an eighth-grade boy that has been insulted for playing the violin, and many of our members have responded with sensitivity and wisdom.This week we have been having
On the positive side, playing the violin or other instrument is a special activity; not everyone has the opportunity to try it, much less become an accomplished instrumentalist. On the negative side, that leaves some room for those who are unfamiliar with music or who feel left out to mock the activity as "elitist" or worse. And carrying an instrument is not like carrying a cell phone -- it's a conspicuous object. Even if no one is making fun of you, probably people do comment, ask questions and notice the instrument you are carrying! For someone who doesn't want a lot of extra attention, that can be difficult.
This vote is about unpleasant attention, not friendly teasing. Has anyone made you feel bad for playing an instrument? And was it a situation of unpleasant teasing and attention, or did it cross the line of bullying, making you feel threatened? In the comments, please share how you have dealt with such situations and how you would advise others who face this kind of harassment.
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