Boo came out of school on Cloud Nine today. She’d won a poster competition for Norfolk Constabulary’s anti-bullying campaign. A pass for six kids to the local play area isn’t to be sniffed at for a start. (Ironically one of the kids she wants to invite bullied her horrendously last year.)
‘I think they’ve made a mistake with the teddy though,’ Boo said as she pulled a small bear from her school bag.
Say NO to Hate Bullying
‘Doesn’t that mean the same as Say YES to Liking Bullying?’ Boo asked.
Hmmmm, technically, yes. I’m not sure that’s what Norfolk Constabulary meant though. Obviously a proof-read (by a 6-year-old if necessary) and some punctuation would have clarified things. ‘Say ‘NO’ to Hate Bullying.’ Never underestimate the power of the inverted comma.
Or maybe they’re (not so) subliminally encouraging the next generation not to grow up to be moral citizens otherwise the police will be out of a job? In which case I’m keeping hold of Bully Bear. Just in case Boo needs to use it for her defence in years to come.
In the meantime Bully Bear has been put in charge of policing Boo’s other teddies. They’d better watch their step!