Update (sorta): 10/2/12
October is National Bullying Month and thanks to Facebook, someone had posted this video and I watched it. This is truly inspiring.
It was on the website Upworthy.
The original video is by news anchor Jennifer Livingston on WKBT.
The Upworthy site then, in turn, linked to the Fat Nutritionist's website, which is pretty fascinating if you ask me. Which you didn't, but oh well. :)
As someone who is "fat" and was teased quite a bit in school, I totally get it. As someone who doesn't have emotionally thick skin, I can totally see how being sent a message like that can have very different consequences.
PLEASE KNOW THAT Above all else, if you are bullied, or know someone who is, please know that you are not alone. There is absolutely NO reason to take your own life.
If you are tortured at school every day, or at home, PLEASE talk to someone. Talk to your parents, to a teacher, or your local teen librarian.
We are here for you. You are loved. Please remember that. You can read more about my personal experiences with bullying, and my opinions here, as if it wasn't obvious to everyone. :)
I won't post the video here, since its nasty, vulgar and vile, but there's a video out there of some Greece Athena Middle School students taunting and bullying a bus monitor until she starts crying. And its not just a quick thing either. The video goes on for ten minutes, and who knows how long it goes on before or afterwards. Its HORRIBLE. And no one sticks up for this poor woman, or tells the guys to stop.
There's a brief article about it on Channel 13's website, here.
Absolutely reprehensible. It makes you think though. How often does this happen? What can we do about this to make it stop? This could be your mom, your grandma, your best friend. How would you feel then? What if what you think might be harmless teasing is actually making it hard for that person to get up in the morning? Making them not want to go to school every day? Making them want to end their life?
What if you saw this happening? Would you stand up for them? If you were afraid to do it yourself, would you find someone who could?
This video is from the government website Stop Bullying.
On Cartoon Network's website, you can check out videos and make your own cartoons.
There's a new documentary called Bully.
This is a CBS news article about a ten year old who created an anti-bullying video and he's also encouraging people to join in the Day of Silence on Dec. 12, 2012, an annual event where students take a vow of silence to bring attention to the silencing aspect anti-LGBT bullying and harassment inflicts on those affected by it.
This is a TODAYMoms article about high school freshman Jessica Barba, who tried to take a stand against bullying, but in a way that her school seemed was too controversial. She was suspended, but that was overturned and
Jessica's father Michael Barba told NBC News that all went well. "I am the proudest father in the world."
... Barba says her video "accomplished more than I could have imagined."
"Bullying is 100 percent preventable," she says, adding that she thinks she deserves an "A" for the project.
What would you do?
As hard as it is to believe, even TV stars suffer from bullying...
Over SIX MILLION American school children have been bullied in the past six months. Whether you cheer on the bully, or silently watch, you are supporting the bully. The effects upon the victim can be devastating, and the effects can last a lifetime. Do something besides watching. Try to diffuse the situation. Tell a teacher, or a principal. If you can, stand up to the bully and let them know that it's not okay. Support the victim. Let them know you care and you don't think what happened to them was fair or right.
Here's a video of Disney star Demi Lovato at the Pacer Center, a Minneapolis based non-profit organization that tries to teach how to prevent bullying.
Here's a website that was created by James Howe (of Bunnicula fame) called No Name-Calling Week, which is January 23-27.
Other sites to check:
Bully Free Alberta (from Canada)
If you are on Facebook, there are groups out there to support those being bullied and show the effects of bullying:
Remember, just because they can't see you, doesn't mean it's okay. Doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.