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April Cano is a busy mother of four, which would explain why she's no stranger to cuts, bruises, runny noses and even the occasional temper tantrum. Cano sat down with ABC 33/40's Larry Miller to discuss bullying, and she said when her kids complain of teasing at school, she tells them to standup for themselves. 

"My son wears glasses. He was told once he was four eyed or something. He came home. He told me about it. I told him I've wore glasses my whole life and heard that a million times too. You know what? Its not the end of the world," said Cano. 

The Birmingham mom feels today's generation is too sensitive and not able to handle simple name-calling, which she says is important for a child's development. 

"If they continue to baby them about every little thing, then they are not going to be prepared adults," said Cano. 

Some called former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin a 'wimp' for reporting harassing text messages and voicemails sent to him by veteran teammate Richie Incognito. 

We shared Martin's story on our Facebook page and viewers weren't sympathetic. 
 
".....it's football -- it's not for babies. Bullying is what it's about," said Candy Parker. 

"Just sounds like any football locker room or military barracks! The rookie or private always get this treatment," said Tim Johnson. 

Peyton Knight, 26, said he knows all about name-calling. Knight was bullied in middle school and high school. His interests included comic books and gaming systems, not sports. 

"There were a few people that picked on me for it. It always made me uncomfortable in school. I hated going to school. I hated being around people. I closed off a little bit," said Knight. 

Experts say everyone has a different response to teasing. What someone considers harmless, may in fact be painful.  

"If kids can laugh it off and they're playing, okay? If they're playing it turns to not fun, and it turns to hurt, and tears, or even anger, then somewhere in the process....there are certain behaviors that are crossing a line," said Rhonna Phillips, a licensed professional counselor. 
 
Phillips does agree that some teasing serves a purpose in helping children develop thicker skin. Knight said for him that was certainly the case. 

"You only lose if you allow somebody to change you. To me, that's worse than going through a few years of people teasing you because it will get better," said Knight. 

 

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