7 Year Old Katie Goldman Bullied For Liking Star Wars
Katie Goldman Likes Stars Wars: Bullied For Having Star Wars Water Bottle, Geeks Rally
The force is with Katie Goldman. Geeks and Star Wars fans are rallying to the defense of 7 year old Katie Goldman after she was bullied for having a Star Wars water bottle at her elementary school in Chicago.
Katie's mom, Carrie Goldman writes a blog Portrait of An Adoption and wrote about her daughter experience during anti-bullying week.
Katie loves Star Wars, and she was very excited about her new items. For the first few months of school, she proudly filled her water bottle herself and helped me pack her lunch each morning.
But a week ago, as we were packing her lunch, Katie said, "My Star Wars water bottle is too small. It doesn't hold enough water. Can I take a different one?" She searched through the cupboard until she found a pink water bottle and said, "I'll bring this."
I was perplexed. "Katie, that water bottle is no bigger than your Star Wars one. I think it is actually smaller."
"It's fine, I'll just take it," she insisted.
I kept pushing the issue, because it didn't make sense to me. Suddenly, Katie burst into tears.
She wailed, "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."
Since that blog post the Portrait Of An Adoption blog and Katie Goldman have been flooded with support.
You listen to your heart. If your heart says, "I like this!" but some other kid says "that's for boys," you know they're not correct, because you're a girl and whatever you like is fine!
My daughter Caitlin, who is in 2nd grade, is wearing her Return of the Jedi shirt TODAY.
Stay strong, Katie. You're worth it.
The outpouring of support for Katie Goldman has been so great that an anti-bullying initiative that shows support for Katie has been launched on Facebook.
On December 10th this year, let's really give her something to smile about. On that Friday, wear a Star Wars tee shirt or any other piece of paraphernalia to show that you support Katie, Star Wars, anti-bullying, or at the very least, cool water bottles. If you don't have any, be creative.
Invite everyone you know. Let's show Katie and those boys at school how much support she has.