The Art of Doing

What We Can Learn About Politics from the High School Lunchroom

o-aolcdnMany of us non-Trump voters now feel like victims—underdogs, isolated, helpless, hopeless, anxious and angry, afraid for tomorrow. Our political power seems to have shrunken to the size of a confetti flake never deployed from the rafters of the glass ceiling at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on election night.

So, now that “the mean girl” is heading for the White House, and we’re heading for…we don’t know where—who can we turn to show us a way forward?

Actually, we learned an amazing lesson about how to handle mean girls from 16-year-old Natalie Hampton.


When Natalie was 12, mean girls began to brutally bully her at her middle school. Besides being taunted and cyber-bullied, Natalie was shoved into lockers, threatened with scissors and coldly informed that she’d be “killed.” It got so bad that she suffered constant panic attacks and landed in the hospital with stress-related ailments. Although Natalie and her parents begged the school authorities to intervene, no one did anything to reign in the bullies. Like any bullied victim, or political underdog, Natalie felt isolated, helpless, hopeless, anxious and angry, afraid for tomorrow.

Eventually Natalie changed schoolsand here’s where her story takes a sharp turn. For our full story, read here.

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