Have you heard Ali and Christina Christensen's new release, "The Same Way," or seen the video? I'm posting it below. It is in memory of Jacob Mortensen, a 13-year-old boy Christina went to school with, who committed suicide in 2009 because of bullying.
Have you ever been bullied? It happens in all kinds of ways. I imagine most people think of bullying as things like stuffing the skinny little guy in his own locker, or giving a wedgie, maybe tripping a kid in the cafeteria so his lunch tray goes flying. All those things happen to be physical abuse as well. See, that's what bullying is, abuse. Dumping someone headfirst into a garbage can. That's physically abusive. Calling someone names. That's verbal abuse. Smearing someone's reputation on Facebook or sending hate emails. Verbal and emotional abuse.
In fact, all bullying or abuse, whatever form it comes in, is emotional abuse. Whether or not it leaves physical damage, it can cause emotional scars that may take years to heal, if they ever do.
Bullying needs to be stopped, and the only way to do it is through education. Educate the bullies that it is not acceptable and there will be consequences. Educate the victims that they do not deserve to be abused, and there is help.
For starters, we can make this video go viral.