Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bullies

I love watching TED Talks. They bring in the best of the best, let them talk for fifteen minutes, and then make the video available for free.

Shane Koyczan is a spoken word poet who was bullied for his entire childhood. I can relate. It's not an exaggeration for me to say that water board torture would have been preferable to most of my days at school. Worst of all, some of my teachers shared in this transgression. Teachers. They're supposed to keep order and protect those in their care, not enable and encourage the bullies.

At the age of 40 I'm still haunted by things that happened more than half a life ago. I will probably never forgive thm. However there was a warped satisfaction to be had in seeing some of the worst of my tormentors at my ten year class reunion sitting around. In a drunken stupor. Miserable and alone. Now they know my pain. My life has become theirs.

Karma is a bitch.

Shane took his pain one step further than I ever could; he made a TED Talk out of it. Watch this phenomenal presentation, his emotion, and even his tears, and understand why it is so important to teach our children that bullying is not acceptable. If your child is the victim of a bully, don't be afraid to stand up to the parents and raise Holy Hell with anyone who will listen. If you child is a bully, shame on you.

Bullying cannot continue.

It will not continue.

Thank you Shane for giving us a voice.


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