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Get A Backbone!! Aren't We Vertebrates?!!

I just had the unfortunate luck to accidentally watch a few minutes of local drama on the tv this evening. There was this scene when a freshman was viciously bullied by a couple of senior students. No body contact, just a lot of abusive and degrading word exchange. The bullied boy just cringed and made pitiful faces at his tormentors.

I just had to shout this aloud (in front of my mom, who loves that muck of a programme) "SPINELESS FOOL!!!"

I remembered my first year in the university. We also had a tough orientation, but as a surprisingly 'different-minded' individual, those senior buffoons just gave me a wide berth. Nope, I wasn't so highly brilliant they were afraid to mock, I was just, oh you can say, very hard to intimidate.

Once in a late evening, the seniors called all freshmen to attend a meeting in the common room. It ended up being a waste of sleeping time, the bloody fools just wanted an audience for them to talk and ramble about non-specific things. And I had my fill, stood up and just left the place, returned back to my room and sleep. My idiot peers stayed and endured the torture until 4.00 in the morning.

The next day, a few seniors confronted me in the cafeteria, asking why I left so early. I just look at their faces and then made sweeping glances to their feet and back to the faces. Thrice. I said I was not that stupid to receive advice from average students. I am my own man. I do not need your help.

One of them tried to lunge at me. I just smiled and told him that I am aware that the campus had no fighting cases reported for a very very long time. He would do well to remember that, and I added a proverb in Malay (translated); "Before kicking a dog, look out for its master". (Meaning, before harming someone, you must be aware of his parents / guardians).  

I was left well alone after that. Infamous. Some of my friends said I was a fool to shun help from the seniors as they can provide notes of coming lectures and exams. I had help from the seniors all right, without them knowing. I befriended the Chinese students instead (they never bully each other) and got tonnes of notes from my new best friends. Que sera sera.

My university years were indeed colourful. Next time I might tell you people how I got kicked out of campus and almost made national news! :)  

13 comments:

Tenchi said...

Am I one of the Chinese students? As I know our course mate never have one like u at all...haha...Chinese is think u are weird...they ask me y u behave like that...

U been kick out ma? I didn't know that...I know u have bloodshed in the common room...

Shadowthorne said...

Tenchi; I have a different mind set from most Malays and you know that my friend. :)

I thought you knew why I was kicked out!

Vyazz said...

Hmmm...its good ur school had no fighting rules....not like the Indian collages where freshmen are ragged to bits and the school/collage turns a blind eye!!....nevertheless, wuz good of u to stand up to them....I vehemently hate bullies!!!

Shadowthorne said...

Vyazz; No real fights, just a lot of bullying, yes. But if you can prove you can sting back, they'd leave you alone.

Those bullies are really pussies.

Tenchi said...

My memory is weak...u were kick out on 3rd years izzit?

Is it the common room incident?

Yes...we had good time discussing about comics...catch some movie at the cinema...i think that cinema had been close down oledi...

Hang out at the regular hang out point...

TechnoBabe said...

Oh yes, I want to hear how you almost got kicked out of university and almost made national news. You are a feisty one!!

Rock Chef said...

I love that proverb - my wife will love it too, it nicely summarizes her attitude to things like this. People who upset our children soon learn to regret it!

Shadowthorne said...

TechnoBabe; Will tell it soon enough. It's a rather monumental episode in my life which taught me that you just cannot trust anyone completely.

Shadowthorne said...

Rock Chef; Ha, and you can quote it anywhere you like. Just tell people it got an exotic source. :)

James said...

I look forward to hearing it. Sounds dog-eat dog there. I am sure our unis are not like that at all. My son is having a great time.

Shadowthorne said...

James; Good for him. :)

maximus alexius said...

university and torturing?
god save our king!where they put their brain?in their knees?

Shadowthorne said...

maximus; Torture IS good.... :)

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