I heard of two more deaths from bullying. One in New York, where a young woman threw himself in front of a bus with a suicide note.
Another in here close to home in Wyoming, where a young man decided it was easier to end his life than go back to school and face his tormenters.
Bullies have been around forever, I know adult bullies. I remember being afraid to go to school when I was in junior high, because an older boy told me he was going to kill me if I looked at him.
My neighbor kids have been bullied. We discuss how to handle it with her parents because we are close friends. The parents contacted the school, but they can only do so much. I finally told the child that if this certain boy hit her again to push him as hard as she could. Her rule, never hit first, but you don’t have to let someone attack you, even at school. I even told her I would go into school and tell them I told her to protect herself.
EVERYONE has been bullied. Bullying, unfortunately, will never end. I guess my question is, where are the parents of these bullies? I think that’s where we need to start. Plus, a zero tolerance policy at our schools.
Do you think bullying is taken seriously enough? What are your solutions to the problem?
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