If you didn’t already know, October is National Anti-bullying month. This is one of those things that I take seriously as, like many children, I was bullied. I had issues with depression throughout middle school until I finally dropped out of high school and entered an online homeschool program. I contemplated suicide often. Would I have actually done it? I honestly could not tell you. I knew I didn’t want to be here any longer but I also feared what happened after. Thankfully, I pushed through it. However, many kids don’t.
What’s worse now is that bullying has gone high-tech. There are a ton of ways to make someone miserable without ever meeting them. Now, these kids can’t even escape the bullies when they go home. It’s easy to tell someone that, “It gets better.” I heard that so many times and figured I was the one that they would bully forever. Yes, it does get better but these kids can’t see that. Not yet. Sometimes, they never get to see it. Bully needs to stop. I keep saying kids but adults can be bullied too. It’s usually unreported because they feel they need to ignore it or be strong but really it gets to them. It gets to all of us. It’s a huge problem in our country and it effects EVERYONE.
Recently, we lost 3 local teenagers to suicide, 2 being from the same school. That should never happen. A child should never have to feel that there is no help. No one to turn to. Remind your children that they can come to you with anything, at anytime and don’t badmouth others in front of your children. They pick up on these things.
This video has been circling the internet over the past few days and this woman is my hero. She spoke up and addressed this and wonderfully turned this experience into a lesson. Watch the video and share your comments on this post.