As you go through school (elementary, middle, high) in the United States, you will see, or experience for yourself, a type of bullying.
Why am I writing about this sensitive subject?
A boy that I knew from the time he moved to my school, all the way through to the time I graduated, was just sentenced to prison because he shot at a kid who had been picking on him relentlessly for years now, then tried to turn the gun on himself, feeling that that was the best way to escape the bullying. I also know a girl who just went through a terrible ordeal that involved her being beaten up for being different, and her family is currently going through stuff dealing with that. This beautiful girl is just about 18 (if not 18) years old.
I am not naming names, only because this will just bring up a huge fight.
What I am trying to get at is this-
After everything that I myself have been through, and then hearing about stuff that is happening even more through out the schools across the nation, I regret not having spoken up about the problems that I had gone through.
Ever had someone start a rumor about you being dead? Picked on you for a medical condition that you couldn't control?
So before you start pointing fingers, making fun of people, and talking behind someone's back with the intentions of it being heard by them, think about this:
How would you feel if you were the one being picked on?
And parents, speak to your children. There may be issues that they don't want to bring up. If you ask them, they may be more willing to tell you what's going on at school if you tell them that you are there to listen to them.
|Private has it right. Talk to your friends.|
Again, I wish I had spoken up when I was in school. Though it probably wouldn't have done much, it would have gotten out there sooner.
I know, bullying has been around for decades. But, like I said, bullying is learned from the generation before, and is sent down by those parents who do not tell their children that it is not right to judge those who are different.
|TO DO THE RIGHT THING.|
DO NOT BE A BULLY.