“I have become the laughing stock of all my people, their song [of derision] all day long (Lamentations 3:14).” My job is all about working with teenagers, and in any stage of life but particularly then, becoming the subject of unwanted laughter and ridicule is just as bad as any of the physical humiliations listed in this book. Teens can be very self conscious, and it’s natural for them to want to fit in and be accepted. I feel deeply for any kids who don’t get to experience that acceptance that they strive for from at least some subset of their social circles. There’s a validation that comes from acceptance and being included, let alone welcomed. Words can be truly painful, and actions all the more so, so I completely understand the pain that could be behind a verse like this.