Maybe I should’ve said this a couple of days ago. But it’s an issue that won’t be past its sell-by date until it’s actually fixed.
What I don’t get about the whole bullying thing is, why is it still allowed to happen? There’s a lot of effort being put into everything but preventing kids from being bullies in the first place. Sure, it’s good to tell a bullied kid that it gets better. If that keeps them from killing themselves, that’s good. But you can’t ever undo the damage from being bullied. The child may become a successful and well-adjusted adult, but he or she will never get back that time spent in fear and self-loathing inflicted by another person.
I never have understood why every teacher, every administrator, every parent just didn’t put their foot down and stop kids from bullying other kids. I’ve heard so many excuses, and so many attempts to shift the responsibility to the bullied kid to get himself out of it. We know bullying happens. There’s no reason to believe a bully when he or she tries to lie or prevaricate his/her way out of it. There’s no reason not to hammer home the message that bullying is not OK, no matter where you are.
It’s all nice to support the kids after the fact, but maybe it would be more help to stop the fucking bullies in the first place.
… yes I know that’s not the world we live in, and we have to do what we can. But damn…