It is shameful that some will accept what is said about others without confirming it. For example, If Bobby tells Herman, that Stanley was laughing at Scott’s teeth, Herman will believe it. But the right thing would have been for Herman, to ask Stanley if he laughed at Scott’s teeth.
And if Bobby is so opposed to people laughing at others teeth, why did he have to run and tell Herman? The thing that he shouldn’t done, is go to Stanley and let him know that making fun of people is offensive. This all became gossip, when Bobby went to the third person rather then dealing with the person involved. If we hear something about another person, we need to realize that such rumor, because we didn’t see it. And we sure don’t need to be spreading rumors. If we are concerned about what we hear, we need to go directly to the person and find out.
Also we need to refuse to listen to people who spread things about others (Acts 17:21; 1 Timothy 5:13; Proverbs 18:8; Leviticus 19:16; Proverbs 20:19, 26:20,22; Matthew 18:15; Galatians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 12:20).