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Stop saying ‘boys will be boys’

The funeral of a murdered teenager.
A bullying episode ends in death.
A life snuffed out before its time.
Too painful to imagine his torture.

Like a pack of rabid animals.
The bullies surrounded him.
Bashing him with crash helmets.
They sodomised him and burnt his back.

‘Boys who are sensitive are weak’.
So they bullied him to get him to ‘man up’.
The savageness of this hate crime.
The aggressiveness is not normal.

When boys get into a fight,
we say ‘boys will be boys’.
This justifies violent behaviour.
Let’s stop saying ‘boys will be boys’.

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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