Nobody likes cancer, and so we work hard to find a cure. The same is true with AIDS, heart disease, and so many other things that bring about suffering and death. Why do we not wipe out bullying? It CAN be stopped. We already have the means. We need to care more and say no to hate and prejudice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that, in the United States, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.
Bullying can take many forms and can be done by strangers as well as people you know. It can be done directly to you or via phone or social media - there is in fact a large increase in cyberbullying. It can result in physical injury, depression, low self esteem, and even suicide. This is serious business and it needs to be addressed. Too many lives have been effected.
Have YOU been bullied? You are not alone. People care and want to help. Talk to your parents or to a trusted adult like a teacher or clergyperson. You can also click HERE for more resources. Have you witnessed bullying? Stand up and do something. Together we can really wipe this out! Are you one of the bullies yourself? Realize the damage you are doing and get help in stopping this destructive behavior.
Tomorrow, I'm going to say more about this topic here, and I invite you to also comment below. Bullying CAN be stopped, but it is up to us all!