What’s Going On?

9 Dec

This morning I watching Good Morning America and they had a segment that I feel I need to share on here. I found the original video that was shown on t.v..

Before I begin, you can take a look for yourself…

If you didn’t understand what he was talking about in the video, he is a gay 14 year old who has been bullied for a long time.

Now this video got tons of responses, including Jane Lynch, Joe Jonas, and Lady Gaga. I think this issue is so important.

Two people I know are very judgmental and mean towards people like Jonah. Although I believe they only talk behind their backs, it still is wrong.

I’ve worn out Google, trying to figure out why people tease and bully others and I found out some explanation.

-they want to be in charge and look tough

-they want people to be afraid of them

-they are jealous of the person they are bullying

-they might have been bullied themselves

There is no good excuse for bullying someone. You have not idea if that person wants to end their life or harm themselves. Do you want to be responsible for ending a life of person who has been tormented?

“I’ve never bullied anyone before”. If you are thinking this, take a look at what bullying really is before you say it again…

-calling them names

-saying or writing nasty things about them

-leaving them out of activities

-not talking to them

-threatening them

-making them feel uncomfortable or scared

-taking or damaging their things, hitting or kicking them

-making them do things they don’t want to do

-cyberbulling

-talking behind their back

-spreading rumors

Have you ever done this to anyone? A person at a school, a sibling, a spouse, your child, family member?

I’ve always heard the saying “It’s a part of growing up.” or “It’ll make him stronger.” but that isn’t the case. My friend “Bob” used to be bullied in a public school. He went through hell and back. His mother notified the school officials several times and once they told her “There is nothing we can do about it. Bullying is a part of growing up. He needs to learn to get over it.”

That statement is far from wrong. By being bullied, someone can feel lonely, unhappy, frightened, sick. They lose confidence in themselves and some days, they want the pain to end.

So what can you do to stop this?

If you are a bully, obviously it needs to stop. No matter if they are gay, black, white, goth, ugly, pretty, fat, have a big nose, wears glasses…etc. No reason justifies picking on someone.

If you see someone being bullied or hear people talking behind other people’s backs, tell them to stop. I know it’s hard if you are in a social situation. You don’t want to become the person who is bullied and lose your friends. But losing your friends is far less painful than living with regret, thinking “I should have done something”.

If you are being bullied, tell someone. Tell your parents or therapist or something. People do care about you. Sometimes it takes a while to find them.

1 out of 7 people have been bullied in their lifetime. Bullying is the number one reason for suicide for teens.

71% of students say bullying is a problem at their school. 282,000 students are bullied each month (those who reported it).

9 out of 10 LGBT youth have reported that they have been harassed at school.

These statistics are too high. And even though it’s a big problem, out of 5 people who read this, three of you will continue to bully and one of you won’t do anything to help.

I have taken a pledge to stop bullying when I witness it, to not bully at all, and to raise awareness for bullying. If you want to take the pledge yourself…

Anti-bullying Pledge

This is for me…

…my friends today…

And my friends tomorrow.

I think being mean stinks…

I won’t watch someone get picked on

Because I am a do something person…

…not a do nothing person.

I care

I can help change things

I can be a leader

In my world there are no bullies allowed.

Bullying is bad…

Bullying bites…

Bullying bothers me.

 I know sticking up for someone is the right thing to do…

My name is (your name)

And I won’t stand by…

I will stand up.

For more info you can go to the following links…

http://www.bullying.org

http://www.stopbullying.gov

http://www.stopbullyingnow.com

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