One year later, the Force is strong in Katie
A year after finding accidental Star Wars celebrity, Katie Goldman is still a huge fan.
December 16th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

One year later, the Force is strong in Katie

Most days, Katie Goldman’s life is like any other 8-year-old's. But every so often, there's a reminder of the time one year ago, when schoolyard teasing made her a Star Wars celebrity, when she became a symbol of geeks done wrong - and how to make things right.

Sometimes the reminders are simple, like when a new girl showed up in class, spied Katie’s Star Wars backpack and water bottle, and within days, felt comfortable enough to show her own nerd pride.

Sometimes, it's heart-tugging, like at GeekGirlCon, when a brigade of Storm Troopers formed an honor guard, a line of protection - for Katie.

And sometimes, it's huge, like today: Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day, a celebration of geekdom and giving that was inspired by Katie's story.

Last year, Katie wanted to hide away her Star War wear after her classmates teased that Star Wars was just for boys. Her mother, heartbroken for her daughter, blogged about the experience. It flew across blogs, social media and news sites, along with the Twitter hashtag #maytheforcebewithkatie. The grown-up geek community knew Katie's pain, and responded with thousands of supportive comments, plus donations of toys, clothes and books, many of which went to students at Katie’s school.

It became Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day, and this year, thousands on Facebook promised to show off their Star Wars fandom and donate merchandise for kids. At Katie’s school in Illinois, they call it Proud To Be Me Day, and kids are encouraged to show off what they love and what makes them unique.

"But some things are permanently different," said Carrie Goldman, Katie's mom.

Katie's entire school has embraced anti-bullying techniques that involve teaching kids to respect what makes everyone different, to understand that kids who bully others can also be victims.

Just as Katie has learned to defend girls who like Star Wars, she defended a boy at a birthday party who said he wanted his nails painted like the girls there.

“[Katie has] internalized how completely OK it is to do what you want to do,” Goldman said.

It’s changed life for her mom, too. Last year, when Goldman first shared Katie’s story on her blog, Portrait of an Adoption, it mostly served a small adoption community. Thousands of page views and comments later, she said, the audience has grown.

That means Goldman is more careful when sharing stories about her kids, although she still shows updates of Katie in her Princess Leia costume, or her homemade R2-D2 cake.

“She’s a self-conscious girl. People will approach her and say, ‘Are you Star Wars Katie?’ and she gets shy,” Goldman said. “I ask myself before every story I write, ‘How will Katie feel about this one day?’ I think that’s good and healthy.”

Goldman now writes more about broader parenting and adoption issues, and is writing a book about bullying. It's based on research and interviews, Goldman said, but includes the story of Katie, the wise ways her school reacted and the tremendous ways the Star Wars community responded. “Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear” will be published next summer by Harper Collins.

And even a year after Katie's story hit the Internet, the Goldmans stay in touch with the geek girls who first shared the story and encouraged Katie's Star Wars fandom. Katie got the message – “loud and clear,” Goldman said – that she's safe to pursue what inspires and excites her.

“I know, every now and then, I’ll get a note of support,” Goldman said. “ ‘How’s Katie doing? We’re still thinking of her.’ ”

And that old backpack of Katie's? It's frayed, cracked and falling apart, but Katie carries it to school every single day.

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  1. TD9815

    I made it on to CNN! That's me in the Sandtrooper armor :)
    Carrie is a very down to earth young lady. Funny too.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:20 am |
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    April 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  4. cheryl

    Who cares? She needs to suck it up and tell the kids she like this and stop being a victim.

    December 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Adrienne

      Yes because clearly being told that what you like is stupid isn't emotionally devastating. Let's see how you do when people gang up on you and rip into you about something you're passionate about.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  5. Jar Jar Binks

    My forgotten, da Bosses will do terrible tings to me TERRRRRIBLE is me going back der!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • orly

      Hush it, you ruined Episode 1.

      December 27, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  6. Getyourfactsright!

    Kind of funny- whoever started the rumor that Katie's parents are investment bankers is totally wrong. Her dad is a high school teacher and has been for his entire working life. Her mom used to be a banker but has been an artist and a writer for years. So funny that some of you wasted time focusing on incorrect facts instead of on an amazing story of love.

    December 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  7. cyberwarrior

    Katie, you rock!
    It's good to know you're doing so well.
    There are plenty of your geek brothers and sisters out there in the world. Star Wars fans, Star Trek fans, Trekkers, Trekkies, et. al.
    Keep up your studies and live your life.
    May the Force be with you. Live long and prosper!

    December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  8. Obi -Wan

    Not that I delved into the details too much, but this story always struck me as odd when it first came out a year ago. This girl was and will be for a few more years at least be the key demographic that Star Wars toys and merchandise cater to. Go to Toys R Us and you will see at least 3 aisle dedicated to Star Wars. Lucas has made millions off these kids. So why was this one being picked on? I'm just saying, at < 10 Star Wars is not a geek thing, it's a kids thing.

    December 18, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • pokie

      i think it was "girly" girls making fun of her.....girls are cruel and mean...if you dont do what they all do....you are outcast and doomed for harrassment....

      December 18, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Pelle

      I don't understand why she was picked on for Star Wars being "for boys." In both the first & second franchises, one of the major characters is a female! I still have my Princess Leia doll from 1977 – obviously I didn't consider it a "boys only" movie;neither did my two sisters!

      December 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  9. CHristine

    I had that SAME R2-D2 cake made for my birthday by my aunt when i was either six or seven! I've loved Star Wars since I can remember, and my husband loves the factthat we can quote lines together... And that I can sit and watch Star Trek marathons and actually know what's going on. I'm a gamer girl as well. I applaud Katie for being her. I know what it's like to "not" fit in. I was the ONLY kid (boys included) who had all the dino and insectabots in my 6th grade class.

    December 18, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  10. dk

    Star Wars != Nerd
    Star Trek = Nerd
    Star Wars caters to the mainstream. It takes a nerd to become a Trekkie.

    December 18, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • Mainstream Trekkie

      Is that why Star Trek: TNG had 20 million viewers (the same amount that watch Monday Night Football every week) at its peak, or is it the 11 movies and three other spin-offs?

      While the staying power of the franchise has certainly waned, most certainly thanks to executive meddling, it's safely secured its place in television and film history as an entertaining series of space operas. With another Star Trek movie on the way in 2012, and all the advertising and mass-marketing frenzy to go with it, Star Trek is not set to disappear from the mainstream any time soon. There's even talks of two new shows.

      TL, DR; Star Trek is most certainly in the mainstream

      December 18, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  11. HH

    I was ridiculed and bullied for being a "Star Wars" fan too......back in 1977! Well, guess what... I started going to conventions, and met people who are still friends today. "Star Wars" changed my life from a lonely, bullied kid into a happy teen. I realized being a nerd was pretty cool, actually. The bullies? They turned out to be the REAL losers. My only regret is that the media STILL refers to bullying as "namecalling and teasing." I've never known it NOT to involve violence as well. Bullying is NOT harmless, and it shouldn't be tolerated.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Andrea M

      Maybe with boys, but girl bullying is much more emotionally traumatic. Usually it's name calling, rumor spreading, and straight up shunning. It doesn't usually turn into a physical fight, though screaming matches are not unheard of.

      January 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  12. Someone

    Let's look at one point here – the girl is likely ADOPTED. She probably knows this. I don't know her past, but adopted kids (I have one myself) may come with a variety of issues. Excessivet easing/bullying doesn't help. The mom did as a mother should – defended her child when the child has done NOTHING wrong.

    ALso, to the person that was ripping these two becuase there are "investment bankers"? Do you have personal knowledge that the couple was in fact responsible for many of the ills yo have accused them of?

    December 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  13. Ashley

    Hopw is teasing ok?! Obviously the ones who are fine with the teasing we the one who did that and didn't receive all the abuse! How about this? I struggle EVERY day dealing with all the teasing I dealt with for 13 years of school!

    December 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  14. Jenny

    Kudos to Katie! I am a girl who loves Star Wars too :-) That R2D2 cake is awesome!!!

    To the previous poster, Michelle ..... I can't believe you think teasing someone for being fat or abormal is ok, in any respect. Fat, skinny, malformed, etc does not define anyone as a person, and to project negative energy at someone for not conforming to what you obviously think of as a standard of physical perfection only goes to show how shallow, self absorbed and narrow minded you are as a person. Unfortunately, those are qualities that cannot be changed, whereas the things you seem to think are acceptable to tease someone about are. Medical condition or no, most overweight people can reach a healthy weight with the proper regimen for their particular issue, and I suppose with enough money a deformity can be fixed. Your ignorance cannot. You will likely be given the chance to change your stance on the issue when your own child has a weight issue or abnormal deformity.

    There will always be something like this going on in life, it's just the way it is. The best thing to do is to learn from it, find your strength, and love yourself. I am a stronger person today for the cruel things said to me when I was a child, by other children. When you grow up, and venture out into the real world, you discover that the toughening of your skin was entirely necessary. I don't condone teasing, but it serves its purpose, in a way.

    December 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • HH

      It does NOT "serve a purpose" except to ABUSE. Do it to a spouse or child, and it's considered abuse. Shouldn't be tolerated child to child, either.

      December 18, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Isabella

      AMEN!
      Chicks that love Star Wars!!!! More power to you all out there!
      Screw em all.... Star Wars is dope!

      December 18, 2011 at 2:15 am |
  15. godjdhf

    Michelle you are an fat ugly b-– go kll yrself

    December 17, 2011 at 5:21 am |
    • poohfink

      sounds like bullying to me

      December 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  16. jake

    The real problem with bullying in schools is not the kids but the teachers. Too many teachers support bullying as a way to enforce the social norm. Bullying is perfectly acceptable as long as it's the popular kids picking on the weirdos.They pick their favorites and those kids rule the roost, the rest of the kids are to fall in line or face the consequences. My brother has Aspergers that wasn't diagnosed until later in like. When he was picked on in school, teachers were quick to defend the bullies saying if my brother wasn't such a weirdo, the other kids wouldn't have to pick on him, as if it was the popular kids' job to make the weird kids conform.

    December 17, 2011 at 4:29 am |
    • luvmystudents

      I am sorry that you and your brother had such a horrible experience, but as a teacher myself I must say it is not fair to judge all teachers from your experience. I value the differences in my students; I encourage their individuality; and I work very hard to teach the moral value of "Treat others as you want to be treated". One of our class rules is to respect others and yourself. Bullying is not tolerated in my classroom nor at our school.

      December 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  17. Kat H

    Another awesome thing, the link under "first shared the story" goes to Epbot, where I read first read about Katie. And today's Epbot post is about another young geek girl, 6 year old Bryden, and her love for Spock.

    December 17, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  18. Mike

    I love this story. And i loved it when i read it a year ago. For Katie, and everyone else who wants to be themselves and do something different or just be free, That is what life is all about. I love Star Wars myself and always have, so this story tugged on my heart. I used to get picked on when i was young too, id just shrug it off and stand for what i stood for. Today i am fighting for Everyones freedom In the US. Army. Always stand up for what you believe in!

    December 17, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Katie, just remember this. Be who you want to be. Be what your heart tells you are. Don't let other people try to make you be something you are not and don't try to live by other people's standards of what "you should be". You look like a Happy Kid. Stay that way. The only way to do that is staying true to yourself and true to what your heart tells you.
    God Speed and "May the Force Be with You" ;-)

    December 17, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  20. growup

    First and foremost kudos to Katie and everyone else that helped her and her school. Next, @Michelle, I WAS one of the "fat" kids in school and I was unmercifully bullied by my peers. Being a bully is NEVER ok in any situation. No I didn't have a medical problem and NO I didn't overeat. All bullying did was push me farther into my shell until I attempted suicide myself at the age of 10 (and many times thereafter) and you think it makes you stronger. You are ignorant and more than likely a bully yourself. It is sad to think that you are raising children to think like you. You are part of the problem.

    December 17, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  21. Andrew

    Wow, I cannot believe how many of you COMPLETELY missed the point of the entire story. Of course, a lot of you post on different stories also that have NOTHING to do with the topic. Here's an idea, read the story, the comment ABOUT the story.. deal?

    December 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  22. Tony

    I think its awesome that so many people have commented on this particular story. I don't see this story as a girl getting bullied or picked on, I see it as a conglomeration of people who helped a school with supplies and other things. Who cares if the parents are rich or poor. Does it really matter? I'm sure the guidance counselors and other adults close to this child have already dealt with whatever issues might have arose from it. Now the story is about people, you and I, helping the next generation, like we should be doing all the time.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  23. Deegaroo

    You know, this is suppose to be a heartwarming story – instead most of you have decided to leave ridiculous, mean comments that are completely uncalled for. I am a total Star Wars geekgirl. I was born in the 60's grew up in the 70's and to this day I love watching those movies. Most of these comments are nothing but verbal terrorism.

    Katie – you go girl! Never ever give up what you love regardless of what people say.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Reynaldo

      Personally, I do much like the name, I do believe it’s type of neat. I think it’s a ltlite simpler to say. I think they are being very in keeping with a few i relate with them whenever the retail price preceding the name.But, as with everything else, everybody has their personal preferences. Each to his or her own, It's my job to say. What’s your choice?

      August 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  24. kyuubi

    what the heck is wrong with liking starwars gosh kids can be real stupid

    December 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  25. Leigh

    Wow. Some of the commenters seem to have serious issues with the idea of a little girl finding out it is okay to be herself. Who cares how much her parents make? Rich kids, poor kids, white, black, brown, purple with pink polka dots ... It doesn't matter. A child was hurting. Strangers stepped up to assure her she was not alone and helped her discover more self-confidence. THAT was the story.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  26. Togo

    This is at the top of your news page... really?

    December 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Andrew

      I am SO SICK of hearing "this is news", or "this is at the top of your news page"!! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ IT, READ SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  27. me

    Isn't this young lady a little too young for Star Wars anyhow? She should start with a more age-appropriate sci-fi like Harry Potter, then move on in her teens to being a Star Trekkie, then on to Star Wars.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Adam

      What are you on? Take a look at the ratings for the movies you are describing. If Star Wars wasn't appropriate for 8 year-olds, where did all the fans come from?

      December 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Amanda

      How is Star Wars not age appropriate for a young child? There are plenty more mature scenes in Harry Potter, especially book/movie 3 and up, that wouldn't be appropriate for people Katie's age, IMO, but I see nothing wrong with Star Wars in the same respect. Could you explain why you think so?

      December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • me also

      Harry Potter 1) is fantasy, not sci fi. 2) not all of it is necessarily more age appropriate for an 8 year old than Star Wars. The themes in the last couple of books are adult and mature. So I don't think the age/appropriate argument works well for Star Wars either.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • smm

      that is the most idiotic thing i've ever heard.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • OvernOut

      The shoot-out scenes in the original "Star Wars" are just scenes straight out of old cowboy movies and TV shows with "blasters" instead of "shootin' irons", even some of the dialogue sounds like old cowboy "talk". I am a 1960s nerd girl, and we ALL played Cowboys and Bad Guys, right down to the three-year-old little brothers! The original "Star Trek" even had a "shootout at the OK Corral" episode. "Harry Potter" is darker than "Star Wars", and much more violent in my opinion, because the violence happens to kids.

      Katie could have a "Star Wars" dorm room at college someday–it will look just like mine did in 1978!

      December 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Manny

      You are aware that Star Wars has many formats that are age appropriate, such as the animated clone wars, the ewoks christmas, video games, novels, kids picture books, toys, theme park attractions, ect ? HP is a different genre . And in many ways much more "adult".

      December 17, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Mainstream Trekkie

      1. Star Wars, Star Trek and Harry Potter have universal appeal;
      2. There's no reason you can't expose children to one or another at any age with guidance;
      3. Stop posting.

      December 18, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  28. Michelle

    Bullying is fine if someone is fat or abnormal in a way that is unhealthy or unsafe but a persons likes and dislikes are their own. Bullying can be good in pressuring someone to be healthier or keep their style in check with what makes society flow but it should never get violent. Bullying prepares you for life and makes you think about how you project yourself to others...it's not all bad. The 100% anti-bullying/everyone is special movement is the same that feeds the social networking addicts. Thinking that you are special and better than others is what CREATES bullies and selfishness. Learn to work with others, respect them and be polite...otherwise you get a punch in the nose (figuratively or physically).

    December 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Rich

      Bullying is NEVER fine. Just because someone is overweight don't give you the right to bully them.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
      • Spock500

        Hear, hear!

        December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • Andrew

        Can we bully Michelle for being so f-ing ignorant?

        December 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Spock500

      Michelle, bullying is never fine. Ever. Period. It's sad that many people like you are out there in our society raising kids to think like that.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
      • Shafiqul

        Hi,I am 24 and my bully came from a place that is supposed to make me feel safe and surece He came from home, my uncle. I grew up with a single mother who was always at work. So the people I turned to for anything were my uncles and aunties I remember being made fun of for because I wasn't tough enough, or had many girlfriends or acting slightly feminine. My uncle never failed to call me out about it in front of guests at family parties. Almost everytime I was pushed to stay with my uncle, I would always get made fun of for one reason or another. Many of the male figures in my family expected me to be as tough as they but its not who I am. This affects me now because at work, I feel like I cannot develop a friendship with people because I feel I am not good enough. I feel as though I carry an that insecurity of being made fun of or losing the people I am currently friends with because they'd be embarassed to hang out with the guy that gets picked on. I am unsure of who to reach out to because I feel singled out in my family and no one can seem to relate.

        August 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
      • Maha

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        August 5, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • steeve-o

      So explain to us how teasing an overweight kid is going to make him skinny?

      December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • HM

        It doesn't. It just means that maybe that fat kid is the one in college who tries to kill themselves, despite the fact that the weight was due to a 10 year still-then-undiagnosed medical issue.

        Thank god I had friends who very literally, stopped me from doing so (mostly by tackling and pinning me down), and then dragged me to a shrink. And still told me I was their friend.

        December 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • ereljo

      Are you kidding me?! Bullying is never okay.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • James

      Don't be naive...Bullying is never okay.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Renee

      Can we bully stupid people? I would love to knock you down a peg or two.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Susan

      You are kidding, right?

      December 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Craig

      Bullying is NEVER, EVER fine! To the bully, the child may be "overweight." To the child, fighting valiantly against some medical condition, it is nothing but ABUSE. None of us are "perfect" and other know of our flaws. However, they often don't know anything about why the flaws exist, and what we might be doing to try to work through them. Bullying is NEVER the answer! NEVER!

      December 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • brenda

      Bullying is never fine. Thanks to the other readers who spoke up.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Grant

      @Michelle, what a sad, twisted little philosophy you operate under. I can't help but suspect this is self-justification for the way you treat others, as no well-adjusted person could ever consider bullying a just or fruitful tactic. But then, I also realize that as a bully you are probably quite miserable yourself, and just turning your self-loathing outward. I'd suggest you stop taking the coward's way out and talk to a professional, instead of inflicting your conceit and anger on the people around you.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Nerdgirl

      So, Michelle, how much do you hate fat people? You're fine with bullying overweight kids, or those who aren't pretty enough, or smart enough, or just somehow fail to goose-step in sync with "mainstream" but you draw the line when it's for liking Star Wars. Interesting philosophy... I'm guessing you've bullied a lot of fat people all your life and feel pretty smug about it.

      December 17, 2011 at 3:39 am |
    • GamerGrrl

      I think you've got bullying and peer pressure mixed up here. Bullying is hurtful, painful and mean spirited. A bully is someone who finds someone smaller or weaker than them to push around for no good purpose at all. Peer pressure is what can keep people healthier and out of bad situations. Never bullying.

      December 17, 2011 at 4:47 am |
    • Kayla

      Shut up now before you make yourself seem even stupider than you already have.

      December 17, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Saitlaikitiz

      "Bullying" is too subjective and case-by-case to summarily say it's good or bad or to even say what "it" is. Telling a fat person they are fat and they need to exercise and fix their diet is bullying to some...it's a life saver to others. How that's told depends on diction by the sayer and interpretation by the listener. Regardless, they're just words. PHYSICAL bullying isn't "bullying" – it's "assault/battery" and is a criminal/civil offense punishable by law. Personally, I like this generation of softies, because it makes it a lot easier for my kids, who know how to benefit from constructive criticism and ignore what people call "bullying", to rise to the top.

      Here's a litmus test: do you thnk American-Idol's Simon is a bully?

      December 17, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Dingus McGringus

      "Learn to work with others, respect them and be polite...otherwise you get a punch in the nose"

      By your logic your whole face is going to be a bloody mess.

      December 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  29. Carney

    It's great that this little girl is no longer being teased for being a Star Wars fan. Very cute and heartwarming. BUT IT IS NOT GREAT THAT A LITTLE BOY IS BEING TOLD IT'S OK TO PAINT HIS NAILS LIKE A GIRL.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Ted Striker

      So stop painting your nails man !

      December 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Sarah

      Agreed...there's a situation where bullying is a good thing...having your own style or personality is great...going outside normality SHOULD get you called-out.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
      • Emmaleah

        That's an appalling thing to say—disturbing. Normal is just a construct. An illusion. If you're not hurting anyone, you should be able to do whatever you please. Who's it hurting if a child expresses himself?

        December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • Rich

        Who the Hell are you to decide what is "normal"? How is a kid painting his nails hurting you?

        December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • Em Kelisvig

        A boy who wants to paints his nails is expressing his own style and personality and that's perfectly normal. No need to call him out.

        December 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
      • Sarah (the real one)

        There is no such thing as normal. Everyone is weird, crazy, and/or abnormal in their own way and you have no right to say that others are going "outside normality". I'm sure you are "outside normality" in your own way. You sound like one of those teenage girls who goes around calling people "gay" and generally dissing everyone who doesn't fit in with your own ideals. I know little boys who love painting their nails, and girls who refuse to wear skirts if it would save their lives. The only people who have problems with that are the ones who think they live in the 1800s. I am ashamed to share a name with you.

        December 17, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • SFC Mike

      He's a kid playing with other kids. Who cares?

      December 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • AJ

      Carney, talk about missing the point. Go back to your cave.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • ereljo

      So, it's okay for girls to like "boy things" but not okay for boys to like "girll things"? Lots of guys wear clear polish & don't even get me started on the punck or rock scene. They love their crazy make-up & black nail polish! Let kids be who they are & explore what they like & want. That type of freedom creates better adults :o)

      December 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
      • Pelle

        Exactly. I don't understand why some schools let girls wear make up, have long hair & pierced ears – but prohibit boys from doing the same. Talk about a double standard...

        December 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Emmaleah

      Why? Are girls somehow lesser than boys? Besides, sounds to me like he's painting his nails like a boy, because he is a boy. Good for him. Nail polish is cool. Expressing yourself is cool.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Susan

      this is the age when children learn what behavior distinguishes gender in OUR culture; could be different in other cultures, for example, in China friends may hold hands in public. Life is less stressful when you know the rules. And that's all it is, rules. When you get older you can choose what ones you want to follow and which ones you don't. When I was in school any guy who wore earrings was a weirdo; now it's acceptable. Try to see that painting your nails is not an indication there is anything "wrong". Look at Angelina Jolie's daughter; she wears her brother's clothes and acts like a boy. And they allow that, trusting she will figure it out in the end, for her.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • BgRd2001

      I had my nails painted several times when I was these kids age. I turned out just fine. Im not gay either. Not that their is anything wrong with being gay.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  30. Michael

    I was in the audience of the GeekGirlCon seminar when the Stormtrooper honor guard silently formed in the back of the room where Carrie and Katie were speaking. The looks of surprise on the faces of Carrie and Katie was one of the most amazing sights for everyone in that room. The men and women in the **custom-made** uniforms were incredible performing such a kind gesture for a mother and daughter.

    Some individuals posting on this board need to spend time searching the Internet. There have been several suicides of children as young as ** eight** years of age in recent years performing suicide because of teasing and bullying.

    Carl Walker-Hoover. Ashlynn Conner. Jaheem Herrera. Samantha West. Tori Blair Wilson. Jasmine McClain. A few of many young souls now gone whose full potential will never be known.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      TY for posting, and including their names. : ( They deserve to be remembered.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  31. Tiffany

    What a stupid story.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • cattard

      You suck....then why read it and reply

      December 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Logic

      Don't read it, don't comment, move on loser!

      December 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Rich

      Jealousy is not every becoming.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  32. Brandon

    When will people realize that it's just a movie? It shouldn't be a lifestyle, it's a MOVIE.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Ted Striker

      I know you wear that Princess Leah bikini to the club Saturday nights brah

      December 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Richard

      There is a difference between a lifestyle and finding an inspiration.. and even if it is a lifestyle for some, is it any different than people who live and breathe for their local sports teams? Is it necessarily worse?

      December 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
      • Sarah (the real one)

        Hear hear.

        December 17, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • duh

      ... it's actually 6 movies dum azz lol

      December 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  33. Rob

    Median income for Evanston Ill: $135k per year

    Average home price: $335k

    Hmmm....Is your town doing that well? Seems like Katie's investment banker parents are the real bullies here.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Robmustpickuptrash

      Hardly the salary of an investment banker Rob. Unless they are just terrible bankers...you tell me, you wrote it.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Logic

      What an ignorant comment, obviously you don't have children.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • dick fitzwell

      The average home price is over 300K..?!?!?!
      Wow..... That's amazing.
      Come to San Francisco, 300K gets you a parking spot...

      December 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Ryan

      Average intelligence of wherever Rob lives: 126. Rob's intelligence: 30. What does the parents income have to do with this great story? I could care less what the average home price is in Evanston, IL. I don't care if they are investment bankers.

      December 18, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Getyourfactsright!

      Katie's dad is a high school teacher and her mom is a writer/artist who was once a banker. Also, totally irrelevant to the story.

      December 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  34. Edwin

    It is funny. The banker class (Katie's mom) got rich of off outsourcing the jobs and cutting the benefits of Katie's real parents....so Katie's biological parents have to give her up for adoption or starve. Then katie's adopted parents act like they are saints.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Carol

      Give it a BREAK!!!!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • GrowYourselfABrain

      That's a pretty stupid comment. Jealous much? Guess you didn't have the determination to do anything with your life except complain how someone else was screwing you over. A person like you is easy to spot
      1) difficult to get along with 2) always broke 3) never taking responsibility for their own actions. If you can't look at your own reflection and correct your own issues then you shouldn't try pointing the finger elsewhere. It just makes you look like an idiot.

      Kudos to Katie and being herself and kudos to my fellow geeks of the world for 'striking back'. :-P

      December 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  35. Katie

    Hi Katie,

    We share 2 things, our name, I am Katie too, and a love of Star Wars. I was a just a kid when the first Star Wars movie came out in the 70s and I went to see it 20 times with my sister and my best friend Connie!!!!! I had Han Solo and Luke Skywalker posters all over my room ~ No one can tell me Star Wars is just for BOYS!!!!!! Yeah for you Katie!! keep being true to yourself ~ may the force be with you!!

    December 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  36. Matt Damon

    I would totally do her.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Rich

      What are you, 10? Grow up.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Darth Vader

      only after she finishes polishing my light saber first.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  37. Jimmy

    I disposed of my lifelong bully.
    Am writing this from prison.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Naveed

      Re: Feds, Federal, National. I see the point, but I don't think we have a National government, ehteir. It's more like a coalition of petty fiefdoms which co-operate only in order to pillage the serfs in a orderly fashion.Re: Cigarettes. Of course, and don't forget allowing them to play games where a score is kept, or there is the slightest possibility of injury.

      August 3, 2012 at 3:00 am |
  38. The Greater Fool

    You know, the girls parents are both wealthy and work for investment banks in chicago. They got MBAs from Kellogg School of Business. It isnt like this girls life was going to be ruined by this bullying. She will always have access to, via her parents, the best healthcare, high schools, colleges, and a big inheritance.

    Do you and your children have that luxury? You work hard, why has your total compensation been dropping over the past 20+ years? The richest of our society have not hired us no paid us properly for our labor. Time to join the rebellion, I guess.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • andrew

      so because her parents are wealthy then it's ok to bully her? .. or some how it makes it less wrong that she was bullied? and yes bullying can ruin a persons life, it can even end it. wake up and realize that bullying is wrong.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • GrowYourselfABrain

      You have every opportunity to become rich and hire people yourself. Standing around blaming someone else for your inaction solves nothing and makes you look like a fool. Since you aren't going out and actively trying to become wealthy and hire people, it means you are proliferating this issue instead of actually doing anything about (except whining)

      December 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Ryan

      Um, I am in the military and my kids have good healthcare and dental. We are far from rich and if my kids are every bullied we will stand up for them. Wealth has nothing to do with being bullied. You and your kind who are nothing but cry babies because you want to be wealthy (or should I say greedy) but can't because you went to college (or maybe not) and got a degree in English instead of something worthwhile that makes money, is your own fault. My uncle has money but he saved all his life and was able to afford a $300K house built from the ground up because he worked all his life and was wise with his money.

      December 18, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Getyourfactsright!

      Her dad is a high school teacher and her mom is a writer/artist who worked for a bank years ago. Not that it should matter if she is being bullied.

      December 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  39. JOregon

    This was all William Shatner's fault.
    If he had just kept that oversize trap of his shut this poor girl would never have been bullied.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  40. tomb

    We are going to raise a society of spoiled little brats who can’t take any criticism. I myself was on the receiving end of being picked on in school, I was a nerd type who liked Dr. Who so you can imagine how that went over, But we called it “learning to be strong and deal with it” I found that as an adult my bully actually became a lesson in life for me. It taught me to take the crap that life dishes out. Therefore it made me a stronger person. So no one will agree but I think your childhood bullies are good for you, Makes you a stronger person.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Mike

      That was an incredibly idiotic statement

      December 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Rich

      What is worse than bullies is the idiots who apologize for their bullies, thinking they are "good" for them, that they somehow help build character. Well, they are NOT and they DON'T. You're in denial.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • frank West

        people are nasty. just because stars wars makes this girl feel good, they can't stand seeing anyone happy.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • EJ

      What a sad point of view. There will be enough challenges in young peoples lives to help build character and teach them how to overcome obstacles. Why would anyone be against a supportive environment where children feel safe to express themselves?

      December 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
      • Melaine

        I was bullied for 3 years sghritat. It started in 6th grade and finally ended in 8th grade. I thought I was fine even though I was depressed and mad the whole time. Almost every night I cry myself to sleep remembering everything. I'm a 9th grader now and it doesn't seem to get easier or for the pain to go away. I don't knnow how to get rid of the emotional pain that they caused me. I need to know how to get rid of the pain.

        August 3, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • Ian WIssler

      Last time I checked, harrassment is actually illegal, as is uttering threats. Such behavior is not accepted in most workplaces. So, if it's not okay for adults to do such stuff to one another, why do you think it's okay for kids – who are much less well equipped than adults to deal with such stuff? Sorry, but what you said is just plain wrong on so very many levels.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
      • ME!

        That's because, by the time you're an adult, you have a better sense as to what's socially acceptable, and there's always termination if you greatly exceed those boundaries. Kids can't get fired from school.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • nancy

      Tomb, apparently you didn't finish that therapy stint.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Syph

      In other words you're admitting that you learned no lesson at all. Because in any situation even remotely related to this article is "crap that life dishes out you DO NOT have to take."

      December 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • flag2134

      Get a freaking life – loser! You never had a family member/someone back you up on something you believed in? Go dig a ditch and live in it!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • chris

      Tomb, you know nothing. Bullying may make some stronger. Just as often it delivers lifelong scars to kids who did nothing to deserve the treatment. If you've paid attention, you'd see that sometimes it leads to suicide, or school shootings. Do kids really need to kill themselves because of relentless bullying?

      December 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • mj2280

      Hopefully someday you re-examine your stance on bullying. Research on bullying does not in any way support that it makes children "stronger" or that it is in any way beneficial. That is an ignorant point of view that I hope we evolve beyond at some point in the future. What research does show it that it leads to psychological scarring, depression, and a string of other issues. Yes, kids deal with bullying, and yes, some become successful, but to attribute that success to bullying is faulty cause and effect.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Dave

      What a sad, sad point of view you have. To see a story like this, and have the response that you had, I can only feel sorry for you and the person you have become. This is a great story about just how much great there is still in mankind. Great story, terrible post.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • SFC Mike

      It depends on the extent and nature of whatever acts you consider bullying and a lot of other factors, including the psychological makeup of the kids on the receiving end. I moved around a lot as a kid, so I was constantly the "new kid" in some tough, working class schools, full of idiots who wanted to prove where I was on the totem pole. I also didn't care to fit in, and was less immature than other kids in my grade. Six on one or even in one case (in fifth grade) nine on one fights weren't that uncommon. Lord of the Flies is on the mark – kids in a pack mentality can be nasty little things.

      In my case, I got physically big and strong, and the BS stopped by high school, but only after I put a stop to it. I ended up spending 22 years in the Army as a paratrooper, went into a civilian career and eventually my own business and have done well in life, but I saw a lot of so-called "misfit" kids growing up who didn't and couldn't handle it as well.

      Bullying is completely and absolutely unnecessary. Being "able to take criticism" has nothing to do with accepting bullying as normal.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Bear

      I think I get what you are trying to say. I agree that learning to deal with criticism is an important skill to learn, and kids will establish a pecking order, but examples such as this show it can go too far. Abusive behavior is unacceptable

      December 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Bertomus

      @tomb:

      Bullying doesn't "build character", it's humiliating and demoralizing. The people who are bullies or were abused by bullies tend to say things like this to justify their abuse, either at the giving or receiving end.

      Bullying is much more severe today than it was in the past. The world was quite different when Dr. Who was on TV and you need to understand that today's kids are going through harsher experiences at earlier ages than ever before.

      Don't excuse the behavior of jerks.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • cpthowdy

      Your an idiot.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
      • tomb

        Your a Bully!

        December 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • tomb

      Stop disagreeing wit me! You’re all being so mean; my feelings have been so hurt. I believe I’m scared for life! I’m thinking all of you that responded so harshly to me should be considered bullies, I think I need to start a campaign to stop CNN article response bullying… LOL

      December 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • r

      I see you missed your next medication dose. Please take one immediately.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Tiffany

      This comment is a bit silly I agree with a lot of the others. But this little girl Katie could have been picked on about a lot worse things. It was just Star Wars. LMAO. It's so ridiculous. And to have a whole day after her? Please...there are worst things going on out there!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • AGuest9

      All of you dissing tomb's post: What do you think WE had to deal with back in the 70's before all of the anti-bullying programs came about? We HAD to either somehow rise above it, or let it destroy us. My bully killed himself as a sad, pathetic adult, but not before inflicting serious harm to a friend of mine who had to have brain surgery as a result. Back then, the police treated it as "boys will be boys" and "accidents happen". Some of you haven't a clue.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Baldrz

      Your response doesn't make their bullying okay, and being nurtured and respected doesn't make her weak. Quit trying to rationalize unacceptable behavior.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • GrowYourselfABrain

      I beat the hell out of evey bully that tested me. I'm stronger for THAT. Being a pacifist in those situations does nothing but increase the bullying. Standing up and taking care of business at the source is what needs to be done.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
      • tomb

        Amen Brotha'!

        December 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Pelle

      I was bullied too...and tried to kill myself twice because of it. Obviously, I wasn't as "strong" as you. Thank God, I had a loving family, friends & teachers that helped me...some kids aren't so lucky...

      December 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  41. Joshua Ludd

    And this story... cute as it is... is more important to CNN than the death of Christopher Hitchens.. which is nowhere in the top stories of the day?

    December 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Ian WIssler

      You obviously weren't on the site earlier today.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Tom Tucker

      You're right: Hitchen's death is WAY MORE IMPORTANT!!!...then some kid and her adoptive rich-ass parents.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • GrowYourselfABrain

        Sitting around complaining that someone else is rich will never make you rich. One more thing, whatever you do for a living, you make too much money doing it and shouldn't be allowed to make as much as you do...

        December 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • GrowYourselfABrain

      There are hundreds of stories on this site. You obviously don't spend anytime checking the rotation.
      "Duh-hur! I went to CNN one time today and they didn't have a story I thought was newsworthy! Duh-hur!"

      December 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  42. Jared

    ah, you know, this is really awesome and all – but when the president is threatening to sign into law indefinite detention, and our headline news is an (albeit awesome) little girl's struggle with teasing – we've got severe priority issues, and obviously a media blackout.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Ian WIssler

      Not saying what you are bringing up isn't important – but there's more to life. If you just focus on the bad stuff all the time, it skews your perspective, so lighten up.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • sd

        Don't be an idiot. This is supposed to be NEWS SITE. And fluffy rubbish like this has no place as the banner story at ANY time of day. This is why America is becoming a nation of morons.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • ME!

      I wouldn't vote conspiracy... People are hammered by so much negativity on the news - so much about horrible crimes and "OMG DOING THIS WILL KILL YOU" that fluff like this becomes a retreat. Especially since we've heard for the past 50+ years that "Democracy is Dead".

      December 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Plastering "Mission Accomplished" all over an aircraft carrier in 2003 wasn't misinformation?

      December 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  43. Pidge

    Katie looks awesome *shrug* Fight the good fight.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  44. John

    what is teasing to some kids is much worse to others. Sometimes it is very fine line. For a shy introverted kid what is teasing to an outgoing extrovert is bullying.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  45. Jimzcarz

    It's nice to see that people still step in and do the right thing.You all changed that little girls life forever.And in ways that
    will probably amaze all of us in the years to come. Good on all of you. and have a Great Holiday, whatever you celebrate..

    December 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  46. Bear

    MILF alert!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  47. Seanakin Waterwalker

    Geeks everywhere showing thier true and noble colors! Welcome to the club Katie, you are a most welcome and treasured addition! I even heard Yoda say, "Strong with this one the force is!" Stay true to yourself kiddo and you'll never be wrong.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  48. Ava

    who is this on cnn?

    December 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Spence

      Good stuff!!!!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  49. Tr1Xen

    Not a Star Wars fan here, but definitely a geek. I'm a geek of the D&D variety... lol I've written many campaigns, created my own table top RPG, and have even written a few CRPGs. I played Final Fantasy (the first one) before most people had ever heard of it (and back when only the extreme nerdy-nerds played RPGs). I got teased a lot in school myself, but I never gave up my geekiness. I'm proud of it today!! :)

    December 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Tr1Xen

      ...oh and in case any other RPG geeks are wondering, Final Fantasy wasn't my first RPG... It was actually a game called "Legacy of the Ancients" for the Commodore 64.

      "The swamp squishes between your toes..." Yeah... that one! ;)

      December 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Seanakin Waterwalker

        LOL – I played that one too! Great game on a great system. I too started in D&D and have played every version. Pen and paper everytime...only way to play!

        December 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  50. scott

    Great story, way to stand your ground Katie!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  51. RS

    People don't like Star Wars anymore? How is that possible?

    "YOU MAY DISPENSE WITH THE PLEASANTRIES COMMANDER, I'm here to put you back on schedule."

    -D. Vader

    December 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Rich

      But the Emperor asks the impossible. I need more men!!

      December 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  52. Puckles

    Katie is as cute as ever!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  53. Jowl

    Another heartwarming Jewish story.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Genevieve

      What do you mean by a "Jewish story"? This is about a child, about bullying. Keep your anti-semitism out of the comments. It shouldn't even be in your nature.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
      • Boogiepop Phantom

        Agreed. The only people who see *race* are adults and the children who are conditioned by those adults. Shame.

        December 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • The Flamingo Kid

      Do the world a favor and go slit your wrists.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  54. Ted Striker

    It's a great learning experience for the little girl, people aren't always going to be nice, but why give them power over you to make yourself feel bad about it? She took the setback and turned it into a positive, and that's what makes people successful in life, is how they go about when things go bad.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  55. D

    that poor Stormtrooper looks like he spilled a bowl of tomato soup down his front or something

    December 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • chaching

      That's because he's BEEN THERE, man. He was there when it went down. If you haven't been there, you can't know.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • tk4670

      He is a sandtrooper. It is a 501st costume as a Tattoine trooper from ANH, dirty and weathered from being in the desert

      December 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  56. VRage13

    Great human interest story that brought a smile to my face. I too am a STAR WARS fan. I know several adults who are STAR WARS fanatics. Katie, use the force.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  57. Paul Willson

    Way to go Katie . Take no nonsense over being a fan of Star Wars . That series for all of us . As for bullies who say not . Sorry . May the Force be with you

    December 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  58. Mother of 2 Girls

    My 5 year old LOVES Star Wars – Nothing wrong with that! I did too! Katie – my daughter would join your club in a hearbeat. We use the opportunity to teach her about good vs. evil and those crappy bullies that are on the "dark side"

    December 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  59. J. Mark Lane

    Absolutely awesome.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  60. Rob

    Geeks are the only one's that go on to make something of themselves. Steve Jobs geek Bill Gates geek to name just 2. An they tend to help people like in this video.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Robmustpickuptrash

      Rob that is two people...you clearly weren't a geek by your standards.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  61. bannister

    Yes, it's ok to be unique. Until you wear Neo-Nazi regalia to school and then it's not okay anymore. : (

    December 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • tekstep1

      Thats not unique, thats idiotic.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  62. Jack

    This is national news how???

    December 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Stopthemadness

      You are a human how?

      December 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • John

      You don't know Jack, Jack.

      ... so, please, just go away..

      December 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  63. The Dude

    Bullies grow up to be republicans.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Jack

      Yea, I can tell that's a well thought out and researched comment... Idiot

      December 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • Stopthemadness

        You have the nerve to call someone and idiot when you questioned if this same article is national news. Who's the idiot now moron.

        December 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Hello

      Hating on people again? Such a shame you like to spread hate.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • alexandra swetz

      ass hole!!!!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • khif2012

      Not trying to be rude here, but ugh, don't Republican's pride themselves on being bullies? The "tuff" "macho" " no non-since" national defense, throw people out of the country, make laws to make people act how you want them be and believe. Enforce your will on how the world "should be"? Carry guns to boost your ego, and discriminate against people not like youself? That sure sounds like a bully to me. I'm not replying to the dude here. it's to the responders.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • do you know

        That Republicans were the party of Lincoln?

        December 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
      • khif2012

        Did you know that the Republican Party was the Democratic party until President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, gave all peoples the right to vote? When Johnson signed that bill into effect the dixicrat was gone forever, or as he put it. "I just gave the raciest south to the Republican Party for the next 60 years." That's fact, just like Lincolin being a Republican, only it wasn't the same party then. Republican's used to be about freedom for all people. Not anti-government BS.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  64. dingdong

    I do believe those storm troopers are the ones from the desert scenes. So the filth is accurate. Haha

    December 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  65. NoDoubt

    Teasing can sometimes hurt, but bullying is much more aggressive. When you are picked on day in and day out. I'm glad things turned around for this little girl. I wish I had a supportive parent on my side of the ring back in the day.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  66. Chuck Creig

    Could they have found a DIRTIER storm trooper? Dude looks like he ate bolognese for 2 hours and puked it back up.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Catherine

      It's a Sand trooper- bad paint job but B for effort.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
      • Chuck Creig

        Are "Sand Troopers" known to eat a lot of pasta and not keep it down?

        December 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  67. Louie

    GO KATIE!!!
    it makes me happy to see this turned into something positive for the entire school =)

    December 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  68. yourmom

    Looks like the Empire has fallen on some hard times. That stormtroopers uniform is absolutely filthy!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • erockemad

      Nachos and Storm Trooper garb don't mix.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Boogiepop Phantom

      "He works hard for the money...so hard for it honey...he works hard for the money...so you better treat him right!"

      December 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  69. Mike A.

    Katie, as a father of two girls, and a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Doctor Who, and many other things "geeky" let me tell you, in the words of Sheryl Crow, "If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad..."

    I'm sorry you had a hard time, but sticking up for the things we believe in is what makes the difference between those who lead, and those who follow, and everyone know a true Jedi leads by example - like you did!

    May the force be with you!

    December 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Jason

      Kudos!

      December 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Jon O

      Well said.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • yourmom

      You should be teased for quoting Sheryl Crow!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • tjsam

      Well said! I am a gal who grew up with Star Wars and Star Trek. I love both. I love the classic Doctor Who. (I don't have tv so haven't seen the other shows you mention) When I saw this headline I was surprised. I never thought of Star Wars as a "boy thing". It was the first movie in which I was exposed to a strong female character.

      Katie I was a shy girl when I was your age too and I am glad you are standing up for yourself. That was something I never did. You sport your Star Wars gear with pride and NEVER be afraid to be who you are!! It took me until my 20s to begin realizing this, and that is far too late!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  70. Jack

    odd this story on this site.. this is just the type of hatred this site promotes.. maybe they have seen the light,.....if the blues brothers can so can this site...

    December 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Jon O

      What are you even talking about? Hatred? What? What planet do you live on that you get "promotes hatred" out of this article?

      December 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  71. Brook

    What kind of D-bag doesn't like Star Wars????

    December 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • iamthelorax

      Trekies, thats who!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • dk

      Long live the Trekkies!

      December 18, 2011 at 4:50 am |
  72. Mark

    "Teasing" becomes bullying real fast when enough people join in. The target/victim can't go one day without constant bombardment, which, when you're a kid and don't know how to handle it, becomes emotional trauma that can stay with you forever. Those who think it's trivial – you either didn't have a harsh experience, or, you WERE the bully. STFU and don't you dare try to minimize what the targets of this stuff are going through – ESPECIALLY in this new digital age. You have no idea.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  73. yourmom

    "she defended a boy at a birthday party who said he wanted his nails painted like the girls there"
    Now that's just a little too out of control...

    December 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • what?

      No it's not. It's a party, for fun. There is a difference between parties and normal social situations. If he wanted to wear it to school then that might be a different story.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Rich

        Why? I use to wear nail polish to high school back in the '80. Pink even! Didn't hurt or affect my life in any way.

        December 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • yourmom

      I was being facetious. And I totally agree with you...

      December 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • Bob

        Sarcasm doesn't translate via text. That's why I use /s

        December 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • HappyModerate

      That is a little weird, but it doesn't really mean that kid should have a miserable life. I think it's sweet that she would stand up for a peer.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • FailedState

      I don't care if he even wanted to wear a dress.

      America, land of the free (as long as you don't do anything eccentric.)

      Life, Liberty (as long as you conform to social norms), and the pursuit of happiness (and are not a wierdo)

      December 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • yourmom

        I was kidding...see comment above. See you could have benefited from a healthy dose of teasing too.

        December 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • Jon O

      "No it's not. It's a party, for fun. There is a difference between parties and normal social situations. If he wanted to wear it to school then that might be a different story."

      Really? Because you'll have to explain to me how a boy with painted nails affects anyone else but himself, hurts anyone, or changes your life or that of his peers?

      Thanks for showing us which group you'd fall into – those who will put down others because of what they choose to do... when it hurts no one.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  74. Sarcasmo

    I have the heart of a judgmental bully. I keep it in a jar on my desk.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • ixnay

      love it :)

      December 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • MrBo

      In formaldehyde, I hope o_O

      December 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  75. Tim

    It isn't teasing when you are alone and twenty people are joining in against you. Often, it is the bully who thinks they were teasing someone and looks back on school as a great time, while the kid who was picked on has painful memories. Words can cut deep, and are remembered by children long after they are said. Harrassment always starts with a word, and then gains ground quickly.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Tom

      That's JUST what it is, teasing. Bullying is something completely and totally different

      December 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
      • Rich

        Spoken like a true bully. "I was just teasing."

        December 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  76. humtake

    Have we really, honestly dumbed down so much as a society where teasing is considered bullying? So they teased her about being a girl and liking Star Wars. That's not bullying. Teasing is something everyone needs to learn how to handle, it is not bullying where you are helpless to stop it in many cases.

    I really do like the response, though. This is a great story and it looks like it started some great things like toy giveaways and such. I love these kinds of stories!

    December 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      I agree completely. I was bullied in school, and this ain't it. I was a little girl who loved Star Wars and it didn't bother me one bit that I didn't dress or like the things that other girls did. On the other hand, people would physically intimidate and bully me for other reasons and THAT was scary. This is cute and all, but let's not get crazy with the bully label.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • d

      100% agree. The term bullying has been taken to an extreme. Teasing and bullying are no where near the same thing. Love the response, love the story but to me this kind of insulting to anyone who was actually the victim of bullying and has the physical scars to prove it.
      Anyway, glad to hear something was changed for the good and it seems that kids and adults learned from this.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • yourmom

      Absolutely correct! Teasing and bullying are two different. Teasing helps build thicker skin, making you tougher in later life.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • Tom

        Exactly
        Half the crap they call "bullying" today is just nothing more than teasing, and there's NOTHING wrong with that.
        She was teased because she liked SW. That's not the best thing to do, but you know what, so what? It's not like she was bullied by any means

        December 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • Rhia

        , I think you are also correct in that pnearts should be teaching their children how to deal with bullying. Children should be encouraged to respond (in a non-retaliatory) and learn not to be a victim. I still don't know how I feel about your stance on responding to physical violence. I guess that's because I always shy away from violence as ever being a good thing, but I can understand your logic on it, especially in regards to the male approach to bullying.

        August 5, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • John

      I wonder how many of you agreeing with this person were bullies; trying to cover up your own shame by downplaying a victim's experience. You're all like the guy who argue that Sandusky is probably innocent of the molestation charges and was just "horse playing" with those children. Yeah, right. Bullies come out of your closets.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
      • Kabel

        I was wondering the same thing. Are these people for real or are they just trying to be funny, because I am not laughing. Teasing and bullying are a cycle. Kids who bully and tease others are far more likely to justify teasing and bullying as adults.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
      • ME!

        I was heavily bullied, and I STILL agree that there is a world of difference between being teased and being outright "bullied".

        We're straying from requiring "Tolerance" to demanding "Acceptance", and that's going too far. While I applaud the girl for finding an avenue to social acceptance, nobody would be better off if the teasing had been stifled beforehand.

        December 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Edwin

      I agree that the story may not illustrate extreme bullying, though it isn't described how bad the teasing might be (and intense repeated teasing CAN be a very harmful form of bullying).

      But this story is not about a crisis in bullying. It is about the support that a mother got when she talked about her daughter's trials and tribulations at school. Teasing IS hurtful, so it is nice. And it is worth teaching kids to think about what they say. But the story is really about the outporing of support and the effects, not the "terrible" bullying she faced.

      Take it as a story about positive changes, not a story about how awful the world was to an unfortunate kid.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  77. Michele

    What a beautiful and sweet young girl. It is terrible to be teased as a child, but what an incredible way to take a positive spin! Good for her! And what a fantastic mom to stay by her! I hope this whole experience makes her an even stronger, and more confident, adult.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  78. tekstep1

    Whats with all the neo-nazis on this site?

    December 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  79. HurtfulTruth

    Oh, HE had no choice but to shoot himself in the head.....putting his IGNORANT BRAIN out of its misery for being overwhelmed with anti-semitic thoughts....You may want to LEARN something from that!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  80. Edwin

    What an incredibly horrible comment! Were you always this sick and twisted, or did you have to practice at it?

    BTW, I am interpreting your comment (especially in light of other posts here), to mean the following: her family name is typically jewish, and her mom looks jewish, so they must be jewish... and because you want Hitler, you are hoping the family is exterminated. If your invocation of Hitler's name meant something else entirely, I apologize for misinterpreting you.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  81. Edwin

    Apparently the original comment (calling for the return of Hitler) has been removed from the site (both tekstep1 and Hurtful Truth replied to it, also).

    December 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm |