Running counter to the popular sentiment “You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through, So Be Kind”, Wharton High School senior Kyle Cuyler says he is very familiar with what Jeff Kevin, a freshman at Wharton that Cuyler has been bullying since August, is dealing with.
“First of all, he’s small for his age. That’s what drew me to him in the first place,” said Cuyler, referencing Kevin. “He hasn’t hit puberty yet so a growth spurt is highly likely at some point in the next couple of years, but right now he’s not only kind of little, frail and pathetic, but he’s self-conscious about it.”
“Also, things aren’t great at home; his dad got laid off during COVID and his parents have been fighting a lot,” he continued. “Plus, there’s the added stress of starting high school. Not to mention the global instability you see in the news and he doesn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend or whatever. It’s a lot for anyone to have to deal with.”
“Plus, now he has this bullying problem,” he added, chuckling.
“Look, I’m just saying don’t accuse me of not doing my research,” he said, flexing as if he was going to punch me, which caused me to flinch, resulting in him hitting me in my arm, twice, really hard.