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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So Gonna Hear It...

but I don't really care.

I'm so sick of seeing peoples' status updates say something to the effect of tolerance and acceptance, it doesn't just happen in Cleveland or wear purple today. I just want to tell you to get off your soapbox and SHUT UP!

Yes, it's terrible that those kids committed suicide due to bullying, but let me tell you a little about myself. I was relentlessly bullied from the day I started kindergarten and was told I was stupid for getting in the wrong line at recess to the day I graduated high school and was told I was so fat I looked like a lumpy potato. I can remember classmates telling me in fourth grade that they wish I had died when I choked on a cookie in class. I was spat on, had my hair pulled, pinched, hit and scratched on the bus. Was anything one despite my mother's repeated complaints to my teachers, administrators and bus drivers?

Absolutely NOT!

I didn't kill myself. I survived. Believe me, there were many days when I didn't want to go to school, where I wanted to quit and when I cried in my car on the way home or cried myself to sleep. There were days when I thought about ending it all. But I didn't. I have image and self esteem issues that linger from this bullying and will have them my entire life. But you know what? I believe it taught me many lessons about how the world works and made me stronger.

Guess what? Bullying happened before we were born, it happened when we were kids and it will continue to happen. Everyone is guilty of it, even in adult life, from outright harassment to talking about someone behind their back. It's part of human nature.

Yes, the schools are partly to blame for what happened to these kids, but what about the parents? And I'm not talking about the parents of the kids who are doing the bullying. These kids were obviously troubled, way beyond just the bullying. Why didn't the parents seek counseling or other professional help for their children? Why did the parents allow easy access to medications which allowed some of the kids to intentionally overdose? If the teacher/school/district wasn't doing anything to stop it, then why didn't the parents pull them out? It's so easy to blame the school, but the parents needs to accept some responsibility in this too.

What about the countless kids, like myself, that suffered in silence and made it through? Where's the attention for them? I chose not to wear purple today in honor of those of us that suffered bullying and were not so selfish as to take out own lives.

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