#Occupy Stop Bullying

Join EY in #Occupy Stop Bullying.  

A 15 year old boy in Chillicothe, Ohio was bullied by a fellow classmate because of his sexual orientation. He was gay. A video showing the brutal physical attack by the bully on the young boy was heartbreaking to watch. Where was the teacher?! Why did the other kids go on about their business as if this was not happening?! So many questions, yet few answers.

Bullies to me are just cowards incapable of leading satisfactory lives without bringing others down. They derive a sense of accomplishment from inflicting pain on others. Utmost respect for one another should be accorded on an equal platform devoid of any sexual orientation, racial, class, or gender bias. 

The comment boards are running amok, with opinions ranging from humane to deranged. These are just a few samples of comments on yahoo where I first read the news.

gays deserve beatings they are freaks

this was done out of love for all those that know that sodomy is demon possession it is unfortunate that they are allowed to walk into the same room that normal people are in hopefully the next time he won’t get up there is a burning hell awaiting him’

To all those posting nasty comments, as the ones above you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. 

This behavior needs not be tolerated anymore. There has been a surge in suicide deaths related to bullying.  Bullying Statistics Organization  cites alarming statistics on bullying and suicide.

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
These statistics should create a heightened sense of urgency among all of us to do something. 
StopBullying.gov  provides information from various government agencies on how kidsteensyoung adultsparents,educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
Let us not turn a blind eye to bullying because we are not affected. Our kids need us to stand in the gap. #Occupy Stop Bullying

3 thoughts on “#Occupy Stop Bullying

  1. I love your new banner 🙂 Anti-bullying is something I feel very strongly about. Being bullied completely underwhelms you, it overwhelms you and makes you feel terrible about yourself, and it ends up affecting the people around you, too. It’s just an awful thing and nobody should have to endure that. I’m glad you made this post to raise awareness.

  2. Whatever I can do to support anti-bullying campaign, I will do. A lot of people don’t do anything about it and doesn’t realize its psychological effect to the victim.

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