“Walk in Another’s Shoes – Teens Speak Out About Bullying!”

“Walk in Another’s Shoes – Teens Speak Out About Bullying!”


Bullying is a form of
oppression or abuse. It is a misuse of power. It is repeated and intended
to cause harm. Bullying can be verbal,
physical, relational and spread through technology
including cell phones and social networking. The effects of bullying can
be serious and even fatal. Bullying can cause loneliness,
depression, anxiety and low self esteem. People who bully can develop socially
destructive behavior as well as feelings of guilt. Bullying is not a normal part
of growing up. In the U.S. 160,000 kids
stay home from school each day because of bullying. Nearly 1 out of every 3 middle
school and high school students get bullied in school. Studies show that while the number of kids
bullied goes down as they get older the ones bullied in high school were the
ones who’ve been tormented for years. In a large study of middle and
high school students thirty five percent of kids said they
would take part in bullying a kid they don’t like. Some bystanders join because
they feel that if they don’t they will be bullied. Many kids don’t believe
that there is a system in place to protect them. Sixty percent of high school boys said
their teachers had done little or nothing to reduce bullying. The result kids are hesitant to discuss
bullying as they get older. And the older they are the less
likely they are to talk to parents or teachers. They don’t feel like they can
come forward to an adult they feel like adults aren’t capable
of making a change or protecting them from retaliation Bullying is not new. What is new is our awareness
of the damage it causes. What is also new is the
way technology makes bullying instantly widespread. And allows
the bullying to remain anonymous. Often the victim of
bullying is blamed. Bullying is never the
fault of the victim even if they are being provocative All of us talking to you
now have been bullied. My families car and home
were vandalized 27 times by the bullies including
having the car windows knocked out and bleach
poured on our lawn. Can you imagine someone
making a Facebook page titled ‘I hate’ and then
your name and having hundreds of
people ‘like’ it. I was bullied to the point
of anorexia. A group of girls broke
into my locker, stole my clothes and wore them
to school the next day. All of this happened
in our own community. Many of these things happened to one
person. This is probably happening
to someone you know And you may not be aware
of the problem. Will you do something about
it? Or will you let it happen? Our culture condones this.
Will you step in? Bullying is like a disease, and some
of us are building an immunity to it. Kids, get help. Talk to
your adults. Change the culture of
your school. Take a stand. Make a difference. Join us. Too many of us are suffering. and it will take all of us. All of us. All of us. All of us. To take a stand. I wonder if the world would
be any different if they could walk in anothers
shoes. Take a walk in the shoes of the
kid that sits at a table full of people that he doesn’t
even know and worse they make fun of him
mockingly. What’s running through his head? Take a stroll in the kids shoes that
everyone calls fag behind his back. Even though he is smart
and kind and funny. Do you even care? Slip into the jocks shoes what
is it that you feel when you miss that free throw
or drop that ball? Pressures on. Squeeze into the shoes of the
school liar who’s whispers are hurtful I’m sure. Could you let it roll off? What about the weird kids that
dye their hair and squish into a table because they
are looked at with disdain. Could you still be that individual? Dyed hair, painted faces,
laughs far too loud. What are you hiding? Their eyes a red,
their faces empty How did you spend your
prime time? Do we even know? If we were then would we be
doing the same? Newly out of the closet
and you best friend leaves You’re gay after all. Someone might catch it. Could you be that strong? Rumors are poison and high
school seems to live off those Whore, slut, easy, bitch. Could you smile when the poison
oozes from behind those covered mouths. Slip into yours, challenges
of your own of course. Remember theirs.

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