Today is Pink Shirt Day. Many wore a pink shirt to speak out against bullying.
One of the best post to clarify what bullying is was this article from Vancity Buzz.
Now as important as many felt this day was to speak out, there are some that are a little cynical about this day.
Because some feel Bullying cannot be stopped.
I was, and am actually continuing to have this conversation with some parents who are concerned about the approach schools, and other organizations have on this topic. In particular, grades 8- 10.
With this in mind, I present this article. This is a story form Alpha Mom. She talks about how her kid was being bullied. I’ll let you read. But I’ll fast forward to the end of the story. And, I’ll leave it to you tho think about it.
There will always be bullies in this world. You can’t stop that. But what you can control is the way you act. If everyone did that, called out the bullies instead of living in fear of retribution, bullying would come to an end. Stand up when you see someone being picked on, because the next time it could be you.
You know, Mom, what was weird?
Once I pushed [big kid] down the first time, the other kids that were standing there told him to stop being a bully too. But before that they were just watching and doing nothing.
Sometimes, honey, it takes one person to step up first. Then other people feel brave enough too. They are afraid of being picked on.
Well, I’m not afraid.