Friday, January 28, 2011

Zero tolerance policy on bullying

Bullies have been around, have been with us, ever since . . . who knows when. And they are still with us today. But they shouldn't be.

Bullies of today are responsible for causing kids to kill themselves. When someone is so teased that they find death preferable to living, it is time that we adopted a zero tolerance on bullying and teasing.

I know how it feels. I was teased by first this group and then another all through school. It is a very painful thing to go through. I had great parents, but all my mom did was to tell me to ignore them. When someone calls you witcheepoo every day, and makes you feel worthless and small; when someone harasses you to the point where riding the bus to school is dreaded -- that is hard to ignore. And it affects who you are as an adult. Thinking of it still makes me mad today.

So that is why I say -- ZERO TOLERANCE ON BULLYING! No big bullying tolerated. No little bullying or teasing tolerated. No medium teasing or bullying tolerated. We as adults need to get the message out to everyone - No bullying or teasing tolerated at all. Let's show that we are as advanced as the number of our years - and let's make the year 2011 the year that we began stopping the practice tolerating those who bully or tease, no matter who they are or how old they are or where they may be found.

This is the 21st century, so carry the message near and far:

= jd =

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