Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stop Bullying

That girl you called fat,
she's overdosing on diet pills.
That girl you called ugly,
she spends hours putting make-up on every day
hoping people will like her.
That guy you tripped,
he's abused at home.
That guy you made fun of for crying,
his mother is dying.
That guy with the scars that you treat rudely,
he got those fighting for his country. *

*I got this from someone else. I actually know a young girl who has had a bad time from being tormented at school. Last year she tried to commit suicide.
When I was in school I was tormented too. My 35th high school reunion is this year. I'm going. Every one I've been to, someone always apologized for how they treated me. It's closure for them as well as me. One guy even apologized to my husband, whom he had never met.
Bullying takes many forms, and can come from anyone. I think the worst kind is "out of the blue" from someone you trust. It takes just about everything inside you to put that kind of bullying into perspective.
I try to remember that every one of us is fighting our own battle. I've learned to be more kind, and respond with love. So, what do you do to stop the bully? I guess it starts with each one of us. To be more patient, more understanding. To remember your own self worth. To educate and help others. To let go of "the grudge". What do you think?


SkylersDad said...

Great stuff!

Dr Zibbs said...

I hate bullies!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Well said, Diane. Well said.
xo jj

Green-Eyed Momster said...


Closure rocks!!

I hope you have a blast!!

Dominica said...

can happen to everyone. Even India, my daughter who has a dominant character was bullied because a 'friend' was mad at her and the girls began to team up. It was so bad at 1 point I had to contact the school several times. We decided we didn't want to stay in that school after a while, learning they just did not care. So happy she's going to a more free and open-minded school now...

PS who's laughing now Diane (good for you)

texlahoma said...

I'm lucky in that I never went along with picking on people, so I don't really have any guilt about it.

I was also lucky in that as a kid I had a lot of adrenalin and could beat up people bigger than me, so easy to figure out, I didn't get bullied much. (That was a long time ago.)
But I know what you mean about "out of the blue" from someone you trust.
People just need to remember, you can't take it back, you can apologize, but you can never take the memory of what you said away.