Anyway, on to todays holiday, which is Amnesty International Day. Today is a day to reflect and celebrate on human rights. Which immediately makes me think about the anti-bullying ads I see everywhere now. Bullies make me sick, its hard for me to imagine when any person, child or adult, would think that it was okay to purposefully be harmful to another person. Whether physically or mentally, it is absolutely not okay.
I had a bully in Jr. High, when I was in 7th grade. Honestly, I don't even remember her name. But every day, in home ec. class, she would bully me, everything from calling my ugly to pushing me around. The teacher never said a word. Finally, one day after she came into the class and dropped her books on the top of my head, I stood up. "This is not okay, stop bullying me!"
She responded with "oh yea? what are you going to do about it?"
At this point, I didn't think that the past 5 years of karate training would have done me any good, I was scared out of my mind while her and her friends giggled at me from the other side of the room.
One of the other kids in class, who I never found out who it was, reported the situation to the principal, where we had a long day of "talking about it". She never bothered me again after that.
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2 years later, I saw her in town. I immediately knew who she was and hoped she didn't see me. But she came over to me and apologized. She told me that she was headed in the wrong direction, and wasn't thinking about her actions anymore. Some people can change, and see their mistakes to make changes for the better, while some people can't, unfortunately, too many people are bullied and harassed every day.
I challenge you to think about a time that you have been bullied, you were the bullier or you witness someone being bullied. How did you react? What could you have done differently? Now share that with someone, on your blog, on your facebook. Somewhere. Do your part to change the world, and let those people know that it is NOT okay to bully someone, no matter the circumstances.