Being a teenager isn’t usually as hard as people make it out to be, or as the movies portray. However, for the unhappy victims of bullying it’s alot harder than most people know. I was lucky. I got made fun of from middle school to the middle of high school. It’s annoying, scary, and at times crippling. No one should be afraid of walking to the corner store or of going to school because they’ll be made fun of for being overweight, for having purple hair, for having a disability, for being bisexual or gay, for being what makes them happy and truly themselves.
I don’t remember the faces of most of my bullies, they’re unimportant in the story of my life. Though, I will always remember on the walk home from the bus when one guy made fun of me, his friend finally exclaimed, “Knock it out man, just leave her alone”. I’ll never forget in the high school hallway when another guy stood up for me to his friends. Or when one lone boy walked over to me (while I hid behind some shrubs from his bully friends) to apologize for his friends’ immature behavior. I think that’s what it takes to stop all of the inane and worsening bullying. It’s one thing to stand up to your enemy and tell them to back off, but if you saw your friend bullying some kid- would you be able to stop it? Would you have the goodness and strength to tell your friend to stop, that no one deserves to be treated like a bit of trash? Maybe the greatest aid to a bully is their silent friend.
Side note: Most of those people are friends or acquaintances now. We’re not so different from one another, in fact we all had alot in common it turned out.
What lesson can we take away from this? If your friend is a bully, even just a little tiny bit of a bully, tell them to stop. Your voice is your power. If you have a child you have the power to love and accept them no matter how different they are from you. You have the power to admire others for their independence, originality, and love of life, because your child will notice. You have the power to not mock others for their mode of dress or what have you- your child is a sponge. Give them the ability to see the good in everyone, not the ability to find wrong with everyone.