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The Compliment Gang

January 22, 2013

Today I want to share a story with permission from my 10-year-old son.

There’s a bully in his school, a girl who is known to get other kids, boys and girls, together for the express purpose of choosing random victims and insulting them (his phrase is “dis”).

He claims to counteract this behavior by getting together his own posse of “nerd boys” and forming what he calls a compliment gang, where they essentially follow around the above dis gang and say things like, “Hey! I like your shoes!”.

He also enjoys challenging the ringleader to a dance-off, where he demonstrates absurd moves a la Chris Farley:

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  1. idearella
    January 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I love it! How wonderful of him to turn that other snot’s behavior around.

    And how fun that he’s using a math concept to do it! (Compliment is sort of a double entendre here, right?)

    Thanks!

  2. January 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

    You must be so proud! My son is only one, but I’ll be delighted if he does things like this when bigger.

  3. alagator2k13
    January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Lovely, Chivalrous & best of all…Hilarious!

  4. mathematrucker
    January 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

    That is so Monty Python! I love it!

  5. davidflint
    January 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What a great kid!

  6. cgutierrez777
    January 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Your kid rules. Does he/his gang hire out his/their services? On certain days I could use a bunch of kids following me around showering me with compliments.

  7. alagator2k13
    January 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    mathematrucker :
    That is so Monty Python! I love it!

    The Ministry of Silly Compliments…Love it!

    • mathematrucker
      January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      The Comfy Chair is what I had in mind: punish them with compliments!

      • alagator2k13
        January 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        Ah yes the the dreaded Comfy Chair! Because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition! LOL

  8. January 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I really like your gang. How can I join?

    Your wise son’s tactic reminds me of Michael Moore’s approach to Pastor Phelps. The Westboro Baptist Church under his leadership was infamous for attending the funerals of gay people who died of AIDS to celebrate their deaths and gay-bash one last time, carrying bullying over into the next life. In response Michael Moore formed a posse of gay men who showed up at these “God Hates Fags” protests in their pink Sodomobile and alternately tried to hug people or performed well-choreographed cheerleading maneuvers to enliven the spirits of those sourpusses. You can see a clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra_fAYl4Th4

  9. January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Your 10-year-old is awesome. But then we knew that already.

  10. Peter
    January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Fantastic idea and name. Memetastic, even. I see internet fame in your son’s future.

  11. tara
    January 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    This is awesome. You made my day.

  12. Cecilia
    January 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    omg…s. is fantastic…always had a fondness for that boy…can’t believe he’s ten…and beyond impressed that he has come up with and is using these creative strategies! though not completely surprised, given who his mama is.

  13. LindaCO
    January 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Yea for the Compliment Gang!! Subvert the bullies with interpretive dance!!

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