I wanted to write a long, prophetic, intelligent post for today. I wanted to share personal stories of how I was bullied, the impact it’s had on me, and what I did to move on from it. I wanted to make statements that change perspectives and made a difference. I wanted to send words of wisdom that helped the suffering. I wanted to create a rallying cry that would go viral and start a campaign. But the harder I tried, the worse it got. So I’m going with simple:
Bullying sucks. It needs to stop. Now. And it needs to start with us.
Parents of bullies need to intervene and get their kids to change their behavior. Parents of the bullied need to intervene and let their kids know that it’s all going to be okay. Parents of kids in the middle need to intervene and teach their kids to stand up for those who can’t or won’t or don’t stand up for themselves (tell them they’ll be just like Katniss fighting The Capitol if they do). We need to teach the bullies that their actions are not a joke to their victims. Kids who are bullied need to know that life isn’t always like middle school and high school. We need to protect those kids and teach them that they will survive, that this is only a fraction of their lives, and that things really will get better.
We all need to work together to make it better for these kids. They deserve it, don’t they?
I don’t normally say “hey, go spend money!” But in this case, I’m advocating it. If you have a few hours and a few dollars to spare, and it’s playing near you, please go see the movie “Bully”. If you haven’t heard of it, check out the website. It’s a timely film that needs to be seen. By as many people as possible.
And, since I missed Money Tune Tuesday the last two weeks, I’m going to leave you with a fitting, appropriate video: “Bully” by Shinedown. My favorite lyrics? “We don’t have to take this, Back against the wall. We don’t have to take this, We can end it all”