Hey, everyone. When Mandy Roth said she wanted to do something about bullying I jumped on right away. Not just because she is the BOMB, but also because this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart.
I hate bullies. I hate them with a passion. I am not just throwing the word around. I hate that they bring out true hatred in me, but bullies are a group I have never been able to abide.
I grew up as a military brat, changing schools every few years. When we lived in Germany, it wasn’t that bad. It was all military and so I was with a bunch of other kids who were in the same boat. Yes, there are always bullies, but I didn’t have to deal with being the ONLY new kid. When we moved back to the states, I had to deal with being a civilian kids. Granted, most of them were nice. But while there were military brats there with me, I still had to deal with bullies. People who put me down because of my looks, my friends, and even the fact that I was a military brat. It wasn’t easy being a pudgy girl with an affinity for reading, but I always had friends, and we watched out for each other. It didn’t change as I moved on through school then college and then life. There are bullies at every level.
Now that I have girls of my own, and military brats at that, I talk to them about bullies. While I would love to tell them that bullies go away when you get older, I can’t. Bullies are in every age group, every ethnic group, and in every socioeconomic level in our society. There is no avoiding them.
The one thing that doesn’t change that every bully is a COWARD. For all their tough talk and their ability to get people to find them blindly, they are cowards. They are nothing else. I hate seeing the stories about children bullied for no reason who take their lives because they can’t take it any more. It has been ignored for too long at every level of our society.
If you know of anyone in this situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to them. The worst thing for a person who is a victim of a bullies is the feeling of being alone. That phone call, email, text message or FB post, may be the one thing that keeps your friend from feeling alone.
Please go to each of these authors’ blogs as we take a stand against bullies! Each author is blogging today about the issue.
Mandy M. Roth
Michelle M. Pillow
Jackie Morse Kessler
Jesse L. Cairns
Ruth Frances Long