It’s been an emotionally exhausting week. I have been overwhelmed with responses from numerous individuals sharing their experiences with bullying. It is disgusting to hear what people have endured from others.
I have heard from parents who shared of their experience as a parent whose child is being bullied while the school does nothing.
I have heard from parents whose children have had broken bones because bullies had their way.
I have heard from adults who were bullied and remain afraid to face their bullies two, even three decades later.
I have heard from parents whose children have been humiliated and urinated on by bullies.
I have heard from family of suicide victims.
I have heard how police are failing to respond to physical assaults.
I have heard about corruption with the school board and the fear from teachers to take a stand.
I have heard from individuals who have lost hope in the system.
This is what I found interesting:
I did not hear from any bullies – even though they could keep hiding behind anonymity.
I did not hear from parents of bullies – maybe too ashamed they are raising a bully.
All of this raises a very empowering fact – THE VOICES BEING HEARD ARE NOT THE BULLIES! Folks, YOU have a voice. You are the ones speaking out! You are the ones being heard! Together we will take a stand against this! Lean on one another. Find YOUR strength and together we WILL bring change.
Everyone has a story. LET YOURS BE HEARD!