Bullying: Myth vs Fact

Bullying: Myth vs Fact
February 11, 2016 2 Comments Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

A simple Google search using the words “bullied to death” will bring up a depressingly long list of hits. So many children have been bullied to the point they felt they could no longer bear the weight of this word. Young lives snuffed out before they even recognize their own potential. Families devasted by a corruptness they may not have even realized had invaded their homes. Often, there is a differing opinion on what bullying is and how it affects our society.

Myth: Everyone gets bullied, it’s a part of growing up.

Fact: No one deserves to be bullied ever.

Truth: Beautiful Kristina Calco hung herself at just 15 years old after being bullied for years. Though she never spoke up she did leave behind journals and Myspace entries, along with screen shots the told the story of her suffering.

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Myth: Being bullied builds character.

Fact: Being bullies tears down self-esteem.

Truth: Lovely Megan Meier hung herself at 13 (13!) after being bullied on Myspace by an adult posing as a student!

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Myth: If someone can’t handle being bullied it’s because they’re weak.

Fact: Being bullied can be the straw that breaks the camels back. We don’t ever really know what others our dealing with.

Truth: Two little boys on different parts of the country hung themselves after being bullied.

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I’m stopping here. My Google search brought back a staggering 10,700,000 hits when I searched “suicide after bullying”. I can barely breathe as I scan the headlines. It’s heart breaking. It’s infuriating. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

Parents, teachers, adults in the community; open your eyes! Get involved! Raise awareness! Our babies
are dying every day. Right now. For what? Please reach out to the children in your life. Please don’t let them suffer in silence until they look for a final way out.

There are many resources on the web such as Bullies2Buddies and Owleus.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you love is considering this.

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A.L. Mabry A.L. Mabry is an Executive Editor for Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn and their children. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
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    Lori

    That’s heartbreaking. Kids are so vulnerable to taunts and just meanness. There is so much support now for victims of bullying, but kids don’t always know where to turn for help.

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      A.L. Mabry

      It really is sad. And to truly see change there needs to be much more intervention, beyond just identifying and discipline bullies. They need to be counseled in such a way that any underlying issues can be identified and dealt with.

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