Attack on Bullying

i don't typically do two posts in one day, but yesterday afternoon i watched a segment on dr. phil while folding laundry that had me so captivated that i felt the need to share. it was dealing with the current epidemic of bullying and its severe affect on society members today. i was never picked on seriously while growing up. you know, just those typical jabs here or there. and once i got to college i was so excited to think of all those petty popular clicks going away. of all my years in school i was never bullied so much as i was in college. it got so bad that i would cry myself to sleep daily, would wake up at 2 o'clock in the morning to banging on my door, harsh words, and mean stares in the hallway of my dorm. i ended up transferring to a different school because of it. i started crying while watching this segment, reflecting back to those lonely days i had completely blocked out of my memory. i cried for each one of those precious faces that flashed onto the screen whose lives ended to such terrible harassment. by no means do i even compare the things that these children have gone through to my own. for the things that children (and adults) deal with today is far worse. the use of the Internet and technology have now allowed bullying to attack at all angles and spread humiliation throughout the world. it was so heart wrenching to see the parents and siblings of lost ones speak out on this issue of murder through words.
STAND UP to bullying day isn't until the 18th of November this year. but i say that every day we need to be better, to not stand by, and to let every person know that they are loved. that you love them just the way they are. if you were ever bullied, were a bully, witnessed bullying and want to help raise awareness, link up and share your message. every voice counts.

20 comments:

  1. Hi TJ! Thanks for stopping by again! And thank you for this post. I fear many people think bullying is phased out by the time people hit college but it's so not true as you point out. Bullying even happens into adulthood & unless EVERYONE starts taking a stand, it will never stop. I wrote a post about bullying recently myself - check it out if you're so inclined: http://cairelchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/09/bullying-is-smoke.html

    Also just FYI, tomorrow is "Spirit Day" organized by GLAAD. http://www.glaad.org/spiritday They're asking people to wear purple to show their support for LGBT youth. I just barely got an email about it & thought you might be interested since you mentioned STAND UP to bullying in Nov.

    Have a nice day! And I REALLY hope your interview went well this afternoon! Hope to be seeing some good news about it here soon ;o)

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  2. great post. I often wonder why people just cant be good to one another. :(

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  3. This is awesome, girlie! I'm so sorry to hear about your experience :( That makes me super mad! I don't know how anyone could be mean to you! I have a little feeling that maybe they were just jealous of your coolness factor? :) Love ya girl! Hope the interview went great :)

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  4. i agree! no matter one's beliefs, no one should be bullied like that.

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  5. Great post!! I have two little kids and I know this is a big problem in schools.Respect starts at home.Thanks for your comment in my blog.I´m already following you,,I´ll be very happy if you follow me back.Kisses from www.stylepicture.blogspot.com

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  6. I'm so sorry you were picked on! You are beautiful! :( I love Dr. Phil... he always has good topics on his show. This is a great post! I will never understand how people can be so mean and cruel to others. :(

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  7. I see so much bullying in the middle school I work in. It's the little things kids say every day that they don't understand have such huge influence on their peers. Looking back, I probably said them, too. It's wonderful that people are taking a stand. It does seem to be a growing and more tolerated epidemic.

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  8. Amen sister... I know the feeling.

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  9. You're SO sweet. Preach on Sister, well said. I'm with you!

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your college experience. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to do that to you! You are so sweet! And Lovely! This was a great post. Thanks for sharing.


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  11. Sorry to hear about your bullying, I was bullied too!! This is a fantastic post & I will do one soon too about it, to share about the day in November, it's important!! xx

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  12. Totally agree with this.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your experiences, nobody should have to suffer bullying, no matter what age, race or gender xx

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  13. We're very sorry about your bullying experiences during your college days. We truly agree with you that Stand Up to Bullying Day doesn't end on November 18th of this year but bullying should really be stopped and put to an end to it! Cheer up, dear! We love you! Very nice post!

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  14. great post, thanks for sharing!
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  15. I watched some of that Dr. Phil episode as well. I always read a newspaper article just the other day about a 15yr. old boy who committed suicide over bullying. It is such a terrible and preventable thing. Parents need to step in and like someone else mentioned, respect starts at home. Thanks for this post, and I hope that those years of bullying have not tainted your wonderful spirit.

    xo L.

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  16. This is horrible. I really wish it would stop. I remember my high school days and I would see kids bullying others and I hated every single one of them. Putting down kids just because they feel superior or cooler than them. I used to get bullied when I was younger. I always had a problem with my weight and i would get called horrible names. It destroys you physically and mentally. You are amazing for taking the time to put it out there. It sure helps everyone understand why it is important to speak up. Have a great day love!


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  17. This is a really great post! Thanks for being so honest! It amazes me really that some people can me so mean. It's awful! But hopefully with people like you speaking out it can get better.

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  18. tj- i have loved your blog since the very first post i read, but THIS post has truly set you apart. i was severely bullied for seven years throughout middle and high school. it was one of the hardest and loneliest things i've ever been through and completely changed the way i interacted with people. through this, however, my desire to make a difference has been sparked and i decided to get my masters in school counseling to try to make things a little better for those walking the hard road of the bullied today. MUCH love to you! thanks for sharing! xo

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  19. tj- i have loved your blog since the very first post i read, but THIS post has truly set you apart. i was severely bullied for seven years throughout middle and high school. it was one of the hardest and loneliest things i've ever been through and completely changed the way i interacted with people. through this, however, my desire to make a difference has been sparked and i decided to get my masters in school counseling to try to make things a little better for those walking the hard road of the bullied today. MUCH love to you! thanks for sharing! xo

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