Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. They rob the dignity of those they target. They murder self-esteem, and destroy lives. Few people can stand by and watch a bully hurt someone and not be hurt by it themselves. Lately, there’s been a lot of discussion on the topic, and people are fed up. It’s time do something “Real”.
On February 8th, our school celebrated P.S. I Love You Day, by wearing the color purple. According to Brooke DiPalma, the founder of P.S. I Love You Day, “wearing purple will not only show that you’re standing up against bullying, but you will see everyone around you wearing purple, and know that you are never alone. P.S. I Love You.”
For the victims of bullying, standing up is not as simple as wearing purple for a day, it’s a daily weekly, monthly battle that can last for years, and campaigns like P.S. I love you not only aim to raise awareness, but to actively fight against bullying, and to provide concrete assistance to its victims.
The targets of bullying need our help, not just our sympathy. If it was a simple matter of trying to get along, giving the bully what he or he or she wants, or just fighting back, we wouldn’t be faced with such a widespread epidemic. Before we can effectively take a stand, a few things need to be clear. (Next Blog – Bully Fix: Step#1)
- Fla. house passes `cyberbullying’ bill (wptv.com)