You see, the problem with bullying is that few people choose to speak out on it because kids are just ‘cruel’ at a certain age, thereby making their erratic behavior acceptable because eventually they’ll grow outwards and upwards into a nice, healthy human. I say nay to that, because I’ve worked with/for many a cranky bully and though they can’t punch my arm anymore because I have a super in-the-know lawyer, they definitely get their bullying kicks in verbally – which I never understand, because they’re are so many better things to do in the world other than bully. Like, read an online novel, perhaps?
If you see bullying happening anywhere around you, you have a couple of options. One: walk away. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but sometimes it will relieve the tension of the situation and let you get out of there the bigger person. If you’re into that sort of thing.
Two: Speak up. (one of our readers did!) That’s right. Loud and proud, you go ahead and tell everyone you know and eventually someone will get your back. Don’t worry about looking cool. Being cool is overrated. Need proof? For a good solid four years in elementary school, the “cool kids” made fun of those shorter and smarter than them. When I got wind of it (ha, got wind), I jumped in without anyone asking me to and stuck up for those that were being bullied – not with my giant man muscles (because I have arms like Gumby) but with my biting wit, which disarmed those ridiculous kids that find teasing and punching to be the only way to communicate their loneliness and anger.
Three – and I don’t condone this, but if its last resort, then sometimes people just have it coming: Fight. Back. You can only take so much, and if you are at a breaking point, it’s bound to happen anyway, so put up your dukes. If all else fails, hit me up here and I’ll fly to your school and tickle your bully death and we can tape it and put it on YouTube.
Moral of the story. Be nicer to each other. That includes you big, bad, money making adults.
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