Bullies – Broken People

30 May

Bullies - Broken People

Illustration by Toon Hertz (Little Sad Boy II – deviantArt)

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega, for those of you visiting for the first time. I am a writer of Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller and Horror. I do, however, have a tendency to mix a little Romance or humor (among other genres) into my stories.

I love art, creativity and beauty, and I know these come in many forms. In my quest to build my author platform, I have met and befriended a group of incredibly talented individuals. Writers, poets, artists and even singers who are masterful at what they do. I feel blessed to have found them, and I would be selfish if I kept the beauty, artistry and creativeness of their craft all to myself.
So for the next few weeks I will be featuring their art, writings and music along with my own work on this blog. I guarantee you will enjoy every bit of it.
In today’s post I will feature the talented writer Jackson Baer.


I’m the father of four children, three of whom are in elementary school. There are few subjects that I care about as much as bullying. I’ve always been someone who stands up for others when they’re being picked on, and I have tried to instill in my children the following principles:
• Be a friend to everyone because you never know what others might be going through.
• Accept people who are different because you are different, too.
• Don’t judge anyone based on race, religion or sexuality. People are who they are, and if any of those things bother you, that’s your issue—not theirs.
• Be kind, and treat other people like you want to be treated.

Often, a bully acts out in response to a tough home life or other difficult circumstances, reducing emotional pressure by heaping abuse on a victim. If you stand by and do nothing to intervene, you send the bully the message that this kind of behavior is acceptable. The victim, meanwhile, might feel the whole world is against him. That’s why standing up for those in need is one of the greatest virtues. I have tremendous respect for my kids when they tell me about how they stood up for a classmate. Over the past year, there have been a handful of incidents where my kids have told a bully to stop picking on another kid, or where they’ve had to ignore bullies to avoid becoming targets themselves.
We have to pick our battles in life, and not everything is worth fighting over. Standing up for and befriending those who are vulnerable, however, is worth pursuing and is a message worthy of sharing with our kids.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
~ Mark Twain

Jackson Baer’s Links

Great quote Jackson! Marvelous words to live by. If only every parent would teach their children the principles that Jackson so eloquently stated here, the world would be a much happier place. Unfortunately the world is filled with broken people searching for victims to torment.


Robbie_The Basement_Bullies

Excerpt from The Basement

“Look at Robbie jumping rope with the girls! What a sissy!” one of two boys yelled.
“I bet he’s too chicken to play flag football with us! Aren’t you, Robbie?”
“You’d rather play double Dutch with the girls!”
Robbie remained silent. Natasha and Cleo’s faces grew pink, and they exchanged awkward glances. Robbie whisked his head to read Natasha’s face, but she quickly tilted her head with a downward gaze.
“Yeah! Real men don’t jump rope!” the second bully shouted.
“Real men DO jump rope!” Robbie finally yelled in a brittle voice, his cheeks burning.
“No, they don’t!” the bullies hollered in unison, making Robbie jolt.
One of the bullies approached Robbie and shoved him. Robbie staggered, but did not fall. His face flushed beet red, and he wondered if the girls could hear his heart pounding. He stared at his feet so they wouldn’t be able to see his face. Cleo glimpsed timidly at Robbie, while Natasha regarded him with tightly pressed lips.
“Only sissies jump rope,” the bully hollered.
“Do you think I am a sissy?” said a deep masculine voice.
Wide-eyed and openmouthed, the bullies shook their heads. Natasha and Cleo smirked to see them tremble before the superintendent of their building, a tough, strapping man the neighborhood kids called Superman.
“We don’t think you’re a sissy, Mr. Superman,” one of the bullies responded timidly. The other just continued to shake his head, the heat rising in his cheeks.
“I jump rope all the time. All fighters do, even the retired ones. It is a good way to keep your endurance and burn calories. You boys should try it,” Superman said, wearing a grin.
“Yes, sir! ” The bullies nodded and ran away. Natasha and Cleo chuckled.
“Come on, Robbie, it’s still your turn,” Natasha called.
“I don’t think I want to play anymore,” Robbie said, kicking an innocent stone on the ground.
“Why not?” Natasha asked, scrunching her forehead.
Superman lifted his palm and spoke gently. “Wait a moment, Natasha. I need to speak to Robbie.”
Superman led him to his building’s basement, where they sat at the top of the steps.
“Why didn’t you want to continue playing double Dutch, Robbie?”
Robbie shrugged.
“You’re very good at it, you know.”
“It’s just that those kids called me a sissy in front of Natasha,” Robbie muttered, smiling faintly.
“That doesn’t make it so,” Superman told him.
“Yeah, but maybe they’re right. Maybe playing double Dutch isn’t for real men,” Robbie fretted. Superman’s facial expression became grave.
“Robbie, I’m going to tell you the characteristics of a real man. A real man has integrity. He is the same person whether or not others are watching. A real man has sympathy for others. He helps those who are hurting and works to make the world a better place. A real man has confidence. He has faith in his abilities. A real man is brave. He stands up in the face of hardship. And, Robbie, real men are humble. They realize that humility is more endearing than arrogance. Did those two boys have any of those traits?”
Robbie knitted his forehead in thought and then shook his head.
“So what could they possibly know about real men?” Superman asked, grinning.
Robbie smiled, and Superman patted him on the back.
“Why do those boys act that way?” Robbie asked, frowning again.
“Some bullies are just looking for attention. Others might think that bullying is a way to gain popularity or to get something they want. Certain kids may be copying actions they’ve seen someone else do, or they may have been bullied themselves.”
“But why do bullies always pick on me?” said Robbie, frustration etched on his face.
“Most tormenters pick on kids who they think they can upset easily or who have trouble sticking up for themselves. Every time a bully gets a big reaction out of you, it makes him feel powerful.”
“But what can I do if they start to call me names and laugh at me?” Robbie asked in a wobbly voice.
“Ignore them. Pretend you don’t hear them, and walk away. Acting as if you don’t notice and don’t care just might stop the bullies’ teasing.”
“What if I can’t leave?”
“Stand up for yourself. Pretend to be really brave and confident. Tell the bully to stop in a loud voice.”
Robbie bit his lip and frowned.
“Don’t show your feelings to the bully,” said Superman. “Count backward from a hundred, or sing a song in your head to keep your mind occupied until you are out of the situation and somewhere safe where you can show your feelings. Do you understand, Robbie?”
Robbie nodded.
“Anyway, I don’t think those two boys will be bothering you again. ”
Robbie put on a brave face for Superman as he thought, But what if your dad is the biggest bully of all?

THE BASEMENT is now available for purchase in paperback and ebook. (Nook, iBooks, Kindle and more..)

35 Responses to “Bullies – Broken People”

  1. Sunni Morris May 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm #


    I really like the attitude of your guest poster, Jackson Baer. He is definitely trying to bring his kids up right. I wish more parents would do this. Is it okay with you if I reblog his post on my blog next week?



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

      Hi Sunni! I agree, Jackson and his wife are model parents. Absolutely, please reblog this post and thank you very much for the offer. Awareness is the key when it comes to the issue of bullying. 😀


    • Jackson Paul Baer May 31, 2013 at 6:05 am #



  2. Jackson Paul Baer May 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jackson Paul Baer.


  3. now at home mom May 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    I love the principles of Jackson and that he takes times to prepare his kids for these situations. I wish most parents would do this. beautiful post today! 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 31, 2013 at 2:09 am #

      Jackson is definitely raising his kids right. I too wish more parents would talk to their kids about the effects and consequences of bullying. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving that sweet comment. 😀


  4. Lisa Mason May 30, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Great post! I have a bunch of kids of my own and it’s so great to see more parents teaching them right. As adults, we can all do with remembering this as well. 🙂 Really happy to have “met” Jackson and will be following more of his work.


  5. I Gotta Try That May 31, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Great guest post. He sure has a beautiful little family. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.


  6. Peter Licari May 31, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    I’m loving his advice. As someone who was bullied for years, if more people just followed this advice and acted in a way that is generally awesome to each other, the amount of suffering in this life would be greatly diminished.


    • Jackson Paul Baer May 31, 2013 at 6:04 am #

      I’m sorry you were bullied, no one deserves that 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      The Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.
      Unfortunately Peter, many have forgotten this very important rule of humanity. 😀


  7. jorobinson176 May 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Well said Vashti! These things need to be brought to light. Kudos to you!


  8. Laney June 1, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Please come by and join me and link up with me on my blog. Would love to see you come by. and share my button so your friends can stop by.


  9. jacquelyn karlic June 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    HI! Thanks for visiting my blog. I just read the excerpt from The Basement. You are a great writer and the ending of the excerpt about his Dad being the biggest bully definitely gets you interested to find out more. Will be following you. Following via Twitter, G+, and Bloglovin’


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      Hi Jacquelyn! Thank you so much. It means a lot to me to read those words. ❤


  10. Paula J June 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Terrific post!
    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party ~ just followed you on Bloglovin’ 🙂



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi Paula! Thank you very much for stopping by and for the comment and follow. It was my pleasure. I enjoy linking up with you ladies. 😀


  11. destinepierdute June 4, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Hi! Thank you so much for the message onto Friends Forever blog! 🙂
    I like your blog too! It has an interesting describing. Keep up the dazzling work! 🙂



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Thank you very much Madalina. I appreciate the visit and the comment. 😀


      • destinepierdute June 5, 2013 at 8:57 am #

        😀 You’re welcome Vashti. Anytime 🙂


      • Sunni Morris June 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm #


        I’m reblogging your interview with Jackson Baer today on my blog with a link back to your site. He has some good things to say and is raising his kids with the right attitude toward others.



  12. Jessica June 7, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    How cool! I like his attitude towards bullies. I remember having to go through it back in elementary school because I was considered different (Military kid going to a local school). It was not fun! Happy to see there are parents like Jackson and his wife! Thanks for introducing us to him @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    The Wondering Brain


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 7, 2013 at 5:12 am #

      Hi Jessica! It’s nice to hear from you. Yes it really is nice when parents teach their kids the significance of bullying. 😀 I’ll see you at the next Blog Party!


  13. heidi fuqua June 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    That quote is so awesome! And I’m going to have to check out his book.

    Heidi’s Wanderings


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Isn’t it? I love it too. Please do Heidi, and thank you for stopping by. 😀


  14. Mary August 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Vashti.
    I love your blog.
    Jackson Baer and his wife are a great young parents, they are raising their kids with values and respect for orthers, definitely a great exemple. My respect!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q August 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

      Hello Mary! Thank you very much! I completely agree. 🙂


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