Internet Rescues Bullied First-Grade Girl

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Internet Rescues Bullied First-Grade Girl

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Boys teased Katie for her Star Wars water bottle, but the internet came to the little girl's defense.

This story's got a happy ending, but man, did it start out sad. Katie is a first-grader in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother took her back-to-school shopping a few months ago, and lil' Katie picked out a bunch of Star Wars swag, including a matching backpack and water bottle. Last week, Katie came home and asked her mother for a different water bottle. Mom sensed something wasn't right, and pressed the issue. That's when Katie began to cry, saying "The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle. They say it's only for boys. Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it. I want them to stop, so I'll just bring a pink water bottle."

Mom Carrie blogged about the incident on November 15th, and by the 18th the internet had exploded with a resounding, "oh, HELL no." Twitter messages of support (#MayTheForceBeWithKatie) have been zipping around ever since. Goldman's blog has received over 1,200 comments, and she has updated the original post assuring readers that "Katie is reading all of them." In a coup de grace that is nearly too cute for words, Goldman's update also said, "today she wore a Star Wars shirt to school and said to me, 'Tell the people about it!!!!'"

Ultimately, Katie has been invited to the Chicago premiere of a Clone Wars film by its Yoda, Tom Kane. She also received a Star Wars sketch card of herself, holding a lightsaber, drawn by artist Scott Zirkel. Star Wars toys and paraphernalia have been offered up in droves; the Goldman family requests that these toys be instead sent to local children's hospitals.

Way to stay classy, internet. Well done.

Source: Portrait of an Adoption, via Twitter

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Fuck yes. Also, inb4 'Faith in humanity restored'.

The force is strong with this one.

+1 for humanity.

I bet those boys wished their moms were cool enough to give them Star Wars lunchbags.

Elizabeth Grunewald:

Ultimately, Katie has been invited to the Chicago premiere of a Clone Wars film by its Yoda, Tom Kane.

Something tells me this saga will end with her not wanting to take Star Wars merch to school anyway.

Let me be the first to say AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

D,awwwww, that's just sickeningly adorable.

Awesome. I can't think of a better way to put it to be honest. Props to the voice actor and artist who chipped in.

You don't fuck with Star Wars.

And you especially don't fuck with an entire internet's worth of Star Wars nerds.

This is just fantastic, and I'm so glad to hear it.

For all the bad stuff that happens on the internet, like cyber bullying and what not, it is so great to hear about stuff like this.

It's storys like this that remind me that humanity is not completly a lost cause.

good on you katie may the force be with you

This is seriously bad-ass.
I read the article, actually, after hearing about it from the Escapist's own Susan Arendt. Glad to see people step up for this girl, whether it's with just the moral support of a 'you go girl', or with toys, sweet sketches, or premier tickets! As was said so well before me:

El Poncho:
The force is strong with this one.

+ 10 Respect for Internet
+ 100 Respect for Star Wars fans
+ 1000 Respect for Humanity

For every 'internet paedophile giving little girls images of their genitalia' story there's one of these stories

El Poncho:
The force is strong with this one.

To fight this Bully Lord Darth Cuntface, strong enough, she is.

Oh yeah! Score one for the internet! I hope Katie is okay now. I'd soo stick up for her!

It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when the people and the Internet do this kind of stuff.

El Poncho:
The force is strong with this one.

Well played.

Can I get a "hell yeah"?

Vanguard_Ex:
Fuck yes.

Good enough for me

Haha nice.

Imagine how those boys feel now.

Go internet and Katie.

Awesome that not only are people supporting her but the mother and child aren't hoarding it and are sharing the toys with people who need them.

May the force be with them, and you too internet!

Well done, internet. Well done.

El Poncho:
The force is strong with this one.

And this, for sake of the Star Wars theme.

cool story bro!
I realy like stories like these!

Lets see if "Glee" will do an episode on this.

Good job mom.

Those first grade boys and their parents need to be ethnic-cleansed, and we need more Katies out there.

Woe be unto those who believe we're all "basically good." It does a disservice to people like this who try hard and go out of their ways to be good to each other, in a world full of "jackass little first graders" of all ages.

That's awesome, heartwarming, cute and classy all at the same time. Way to go.
Take that, people who say the internet is bad for children!

Vanguard_Ex:
Fuck yes. Also, inb4 'Faith in humanity restored'.

Faith in humanity teh interwebz restored.

That story made my day =)

We thank thee, lords of Kobol, for the great gift that is the Internet!

Don't worry, little girl; I'm from the internet.

Bloodstain:
That's awesome, heartwarming, cute and classy all at the same time. Way to go.
Take that, people who say the internet is bad for children!

Vanguard_Ex:
Fuck yes. Also, inb4 'Faith in humanity restored'.

Faith in humanity teh interwebz restored.

Well dodged, well dodged.

Fight the power!

No pink water bottles!

Fronzel:
Don't worry, little girl; I'm from the internet.

Uh yeah that would usually be cause for concern.

I sense much strength in this one

Hm... i don't understand...

What did the internet do... other than justhaving lots of people saying: Meh... do what you want to do?

I mean, yeah reinforcing someone who did nothing from, and helping him feeling better is nice and all, but how exactly did the 'net save her?

I was expecting something different. This doesn't really seem that "strong" to me.

It's things like these that make me think maybe the human race might not be quite as shit as it seems.

Yay for the internet! Humanity has it's awesome moments!

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