Student Q&A: Valhalla Sixth-Grader Mia Bendlin

A middle-schooler’s thoughts on bullying


Mia Bendlin, Valhalla | 6th Grade

Who is smartest: your mom, your dad, or the president? I think Mom is smarter because she is an English teacher.

What’s the best way to get kids to eat healthy? Play a game to see who in your family can eat the healthiest food in one minute. If you get the most, you win.

What was the most fun you had in school last year? Learning about chicks. We got 10 chick eggs and they hatched 21 days later. 

What are you most looking forward to this year? Having freedom in middle school because I won’t have to walk in lines when I get out of class. Also, not having to worry about getting yelled at outside of class for talking in the halls.   

How do you think should schools handle bullying?
I think schools should make a rule about bullying; if a person gets bullied they should tell a trusted adult and they tell the principal and then the bully should go down to the principal’s office and say ‘sorry.’        

Have you ever been bullied? I was bullied on the bus when I was in 2nd grade. My friend wanted to sit with my other friend alone so my friend pinched my cheek until I got out of the seat. The next day, I went to school with a note from my mom telling what happened. My teacher made the bully tell her and we went to the principal’s office and she said ‘sorry.’

Where do you hang out in Westchester? The Kensico Dam. It is a fun place to hang out with family and friends.

What do you and your friends talk about when you are together? We just talk about silly things.

Who’s your idol? My mom because she is kind, nice, and she is a teacher, so she is very inspirational. 

What do you wish boys knew about girls? I wish boys knew that girls are the same as boys and that they could handle just as much.

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