There has been a lot of attention paid recently to bullying — as there SHOULD be!
Anybody who knows me is aware that bullying is something I simply have no tolerance for. It is freaking relentless. Recently in my neighborhood I had the displeasure of observing a middle-school-aged girl being trailed by two boys who were “oinking” and shouting cruelties at her. This girl graciously continued walking, never turning back to defend herself, or stooping to their level of exchanging cruel words.
To my husband’s embarrassment, I stormed out of our house to approach these boys and give them a firm lecture. (Hopefully I wasn’t being a hypocritical bully myself!) While I wasn’t cruel to these boys, I was very firm in letting them know that their behavior was the furthest thing from being “cool.” I let them know that while the bullies I grew up with may have been perceived as somewhat “popular” at the time, there isn’t a single one of them that I am aware of that became successful adults — or moved out of their parents’ home for that matter. I let these boys know that what they were doing to this girl not only had a negative impact on her — possibly for the rest of her life — but that they were also hurting themselves by risking their chance at having a successful future. Granted, I know my statements were blunt and were not facts that I can cite, but I do believe I got through to them hard and clear. They didn’t argue back, and they ultimately apologized to me. I told them I am not the one that deserves the apology, but rather the girl they were yelling at — along with anyone else who they may have treated similarly — and simply requested that they learn from this, and not only stop bullying, but learn to stand up to it.
No one should have to put up with bullying — this is crap that we need to put an end to now!
StopBullying.gov has created their first infographic that shows the alarming statistics about bullying, and what you need to know about preventing it and how to take action.
View the full infographic here
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- When Will it End (Part 1) When Bullying Hits Close to Home
- When Will it End (Part 2) When Bullying Hits Close to Home…Twice in One Week
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