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Mom Worries Her Son With Down Syndrome Will Be Bullied In School, Then Bikers Clear Her Anxiety In This Way

Mom Worries Her Son With Down Syndrome Will Be Bullied In School, Then Bikers Clear Her Anxiety In This Way

Any mother would be worried about her child being bullied. After all, with bullying being such a common occurrence no one is really safe from taunts and physical confrontations when starting a new year at high school.

The sad truth is people with special needs are often targeted for being ‘different’. Sean Maehrer, who has Down Syndrome was about to start his freshman year at high school but despite his excitement, his mother expressed worry that he could be the victim of bullying from other kids.

Sean’s mother took steps to help and what happened next was amazing.

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    An Appeal For Support

    Sean, who lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was excited to start school as a freshman unaware of the possible cruelty from the other children. Out of love, his mother and family friends expressed their concerns to people through Facebook and with the power of social media, word of their worry spread to an unlikely group of people.

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      Rounding Up The Troops

      It took just two days for local motorbike clubs to rally round and organise an unlikely convoy for Sean to accompany him to his school gates.

      It was the morning of September 1, 2015 that dozens of bikers turned up outside Sean’s house and introduced themselves as his new friends and protectors. Their aim was to make Sean feel safe while sending a clear message to the kids at his school not to mess with him and give him a chance to show he’s a cool and likeable guy.

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        Lasting Support

        It didn’t end there – Sean formed a special bond with his new leather-clad friends with them cheering him on at sports events and even giving him his own personalised helmet.

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          Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

          Bullying usually stems from someone seeming different to the norm or not conforming to a certain standard, but as both the bikers and Sean know, how people judge them for how they look is usually far different to how they actually are. The love and support these guys have shown to a normal, fun, intelligent boy is a true example of human connection and friendship above and beyond all prejudices.

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            Featured photo credit: Shawn Gaffney via facebook.com

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            Last Updated on January 18, 2019

            7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

            7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

            Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

            But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

            If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

            1. Limit the time you spend with them.

            First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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            In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

            Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

            2. Speak up for yourself.

            Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

            3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

            This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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            But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

            4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

            Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

            This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

            Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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            5. Change the subject.

            When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

            Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

            6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

            Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

            I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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            You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

            Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

            7. Leave them behind.

            Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

            If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

            That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

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