Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bullying- It Is Never OK

Many of you have probably already seen the video or have read the story about Amanda Todd. For those of
you who haven't, she was a girl of 15 who ended her life because she was bullied and constantly harassed 
every day about her mistakes. She didn't deserve it. Nobody deserves to be treated that way no matter what   they have done. Yes, she is getting a lot of media attention because of her youtube video and maybe because she was a good looking girl, but either way hers is just one of the many stories about bullying and she is one of the hundreds of teenagers who have ended their life because they couldn't handle the torture any longer. I don't necessarily agree with everything she did, but Ms. Todd is just an example.

 In my opinion bullying is a serious issue which I think needs to be addressed more and done something about. True, people talk about bullying all of the time but what are we actually doing about it? Nobody ever seems to take bullying seriously until someone does something drastic (like suicide) and I just find it really pathetic and sad that someone has to take their own life before somebody takes action and says that bullying is not ok.

Frankly when I read stories like this, it pisses me off. Not just when teenagers are bullied but adults as well. What the hell were people doing when all of this was going down? Why didn't anyone step in? Why do people just assume that the person sitting alone 24/7 wants to be alone? Do bullies even really know the person they are bullying? More than likely not. If you do not know someones favorite color you do not know them. Just because someone is different or has done something stupid that gives you absolutely no right to treat them like a piece of garbage or an outsider. 

By the way I would just like to point out that telling someone who is being bullied to 'ignore the bullies' is stupid. It is nearly impossible to ignore the people who are giving you hell everyday. Also, "stick by your friends" is stupid advice as well. What if they have no friends? What then? Some more stupid advice
- Try to be friends with them!- Hell no. Why on earth would you want to be friends with someone who hates you for no other reason than your shoes aren't cool, or something to that effect? 
- Tell them that their behavior is not ok!- They already know what they are doing is not ok. They obviously do not care and have their own issues to resolve.
- Tell a teacher/parent/ etc.- Ok this advice is not bad.It is always a good thing to let someone, anyone know what's going on. But in my case with bullying it just made everything somewhat worse. I'm not saying it could not help because more than likely it can. 
- Don't react to them!- This is ok advice too, but it goes along the same line of ignoring the bullies. It is hard.

Overall if you are being bullied there is absolutely nothing NOTHING wrong with you at all. The bullies are the ones with the problem, not you. They will be miserable human beings all of their life and sadly there is nothing you can do to change what type of evil person they are- it is not your responsibility to. You are a wonderful person, the bullies are cowards- especially if they are people leaving mean comments online. Do not be peer pressured into anything, do not change just to make someone stop picking on you, you are fabulous just the way you are, never forget that. 

And to the bullies; there is nothing 'cool' or 'funny' about what you are doing. Knock it off. You have no idea what kind of life the person lives so shut up, sit down, and mind your own business. I know that some of you do it because you are insecure, but half of the human race is insecure as well so just know that you're not alone out there either. Instead of hurting other people I recommend that you start accepting others the way that they are and say one kind thing to a stranger each day. You'll feel better about yourself and who knows, those kind words may just stop another person from reaching their bitter end.

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