At a school in Illinois, students teased 7-year-old Katie Goldman that her Star Wars water bottle was “for boys.” When Katie suddenly asked her mom for a pink water bottle, Carrie Goldman knew something was up – and she took to the Internet to gain support for her daughter.
Katie apparently was teased at school already, as the only student who was adopted, who’s Jewish, and who wears glasses. Since “different” is the kiss of death in school, Katie felt pressured to trade in her favorite water bottle, and her mom wasn’t happy.
Carrie Goldman wrote about her daughter’s bullying on her blog, and the site started exploding. 1,200 people left messages there for Katie, and sites from Star Wars fan boards to parenting blogs linked to her story. The website Think Geek even sent Katie her own light saber, and fans sent Star Wars toys from around the world.
Katie, and her parents, have learned that the universe is so much bigger than the first grade.
“You realize how, if you want someone who has something in common, all you have to do is reach out,” Goldman said. “It feels really, really good. What we want is for it to feel good for other people.”
Katie is donating many of the books and toys to other kids.
A fan created a Facebook event suggesting that people wear “Star Wars” gear on December 10 to support Katie. The Goldmans also asked participants to donate Star Wars toys to charities for the holidays. About 20,000 people have signed up.”
Katie has since embraced her Star Wars fandom and found comfort from friends all over the world! What an encouraging story.
Did you ever get teased for being different or liking something different in school? I know I did!