The article will also touch on cyber-bullying, a new form of bullying that is as current as today’s headlines.
(See, also, Pondering the Impact of Workplace Violence.) You may have read the very recent – and profoundly disturbing – headline about a Missouri woman who was found guilty of misdemeanor crimes in a “My Space” cyber-bullying case linked to a 13-year-old girl’s suicide.
In fact, I just received an e-mail from a woman who indicated that she has been bullied so severely in her current job, to include being screamed at in anger by managers and treated with no respect by some of her co-workers, that she felt compelled to tell her story to someone.
Edna seemed to like the suggestion, and Darci launched into a flawless rendition of the 1967 classic A Natural Woman.
She hit all of the song's highest notes without even moving her lips, and even managed to continue to interact with the puppet, who asked Darci mid-song to bring her close to Simon.
The Oklahoma City girl debuted her newest companion in the semifinals, stepping onstage with a puppet named Edna Doorknocker—an elderly lady with an ardent crush on Simon.'He's a hit with the ladies in their eighties back at the home, ya know?
' Edna told Darci about Simon when the ventriloquist pulled her out of a suitcase.
She was so traumatized by the tormenting that she dropped out of school and is now pursuing independent study; the young woman “suffers so much that she could not be interviewed” for the article.
Sisters Emily and Sarah Buder, appalled by the news, wrote letters to the girl and asked friends to do so as well.
Cheap Wine and A Three Day Roast (Cheap Wine and A Three Day Growth by Cold Chisel); Save the Whales (Sail Away by Enya); Turn the Heater On (Turn The Beat Around by Gloria Estefan); Alex The Seal (Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Gos). I needed to take some Panadol and have a lie down after I’d read them: Anyone else? Naturally this led to a conversation with Brad about weird men in beanies but also on songs that I used to love until I found out they were weird.
Thankfully after this humiliation, friends revealed to me some of their own lyrical car crashes. And then I made the mistake of sitting in the car and googling the lyrics. I mean I can’t listen to this song now without thinking it’s being sung by some guy called Dave wearing a beanie, eating chips and doing crystal meth on 100 day old feral bed linen.
According to prosecutors, the woman knew that Megan suffered from depression and was emotionally fragile.
A major USA Today article dated November 19, 2008, entitled “Bullying devastates lives,” and chronicled the sad stories of three women who experienced constant bullying in school – one for having red hair, one for being shy, and one for being “different.” The three women, now ranging in age from 28 to 52, continue to be affected by the bullying that they suffered in school.
Despite the judges' clear enthusiasm for her act, Darci's future on the show isn't sealed yet.