Each day about 160 000 students miss school because of bullying or a fear of being bullied. Over 77 percent of students have been bullied verbally, mentally & physically.
I was recently inspired to write a song around the same time Anti-Bullying week 2015 was happening. I based my lyrics on my own experiences being bullied, and wrote the song to help empower those who have been in similar situations. The fact that children have to decide to skip school for the reason that they are being preyed upon by another person is incredibly saddening to me.
I myself have been bullied as a child and I know how sad and powerless it made me feel. I am ashamed to say that I have also BEEN a bully (mildly) in my younger years from peer pressures in society and school. Growing up can be tough and sometimes you do things that you know aren’t right, just to fit in.
My heart goes out to the children and adults who are affected by bullying every single day. I think a major problem in our society is that we address bullies with punishment, instead of getting down to the root of the cause, to find out WHY that person is being a bully to begin with… Maybe they are being abused at home by a sibling. Maybe their parents are never around and they haven’t been loved to fully understand how to love others back. There are countless circumstances that could cause someone to bully that we as an outsider know nothing about. I think the biggest reason why somebody bullies someone else is a lack of love in their own lives.
So, it’s time to stand up. We need to care for people who are bullied in this world. We need to make this a known issue so we can work towards resolving the problem. We also need to give love to the bullies themselves who are lost and scared; the bullies who aren’t getting the love and affection that they need to nurture their minds to show love and compassion for others.
Before I graduated in my Advanced Filmmaking course, we were asked to produce & direct a Documentary on the topic of our choice. I remember how deeply I was moved by a presentation given at my school when I was 10 years old. The presentation was executed by a young boy’s father… He went on to share the story about his son who was hung on a coat hook in the bathroom stall at his school, and left to suffocate. The children who hung him on the back of the bathroom stall were bullying him, and consequently took his life. Here is his story:
After sharing these two videos with you, I hope by now you agree that it is our DUTY as a community to bring awareness to the growing issue of bullying. We need to work with our children and promote acceptance and love, and we need to find out the root cause of why children are being bullied in the first place. We are all in this world together after all, and we are all affected or will be affected by this in one way or another.
Please share these videos and this message with your loved ones.
You never know how it can positively change somebody’s life. 🙂
Thanks for listening.