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We moved a lot…a lot…when I was a child. My father was one of the pioneers in oil research here in the United States. His profession took us wherever there might be an oil deposit deep beneath the ground. Consequently, I attended 17 grade schools, 3 junior high schools, and 2 high schools.

As the “new girl” who was often viewed as an intruder, I was frequently bullied by classmates who were quick to pick up on my vulnerability. I haven’t forgotten the names of those who made fun of me; I named one of my children after someone I remember as having been particularly kind.

In those days, bullying hadn’t yet been given a public name. It was perceived as “normal” behavior….perhaps unkind, but “children can be cruel.” If it scarred a child and changed him forever…that wasn’t really thought about (at least not out loud). In those days, news of youth suicide wasn’t something the media carried. The public didn’t often hear about school shootings. Such events weren’t publicly recognized as actions that might be reactions to victimization by bullying.

Today, bullying is receiving public recognition; however, many people do nothing…look away or walk away when they witness an act of bullying. Indifference…afraid of getting involved and possible repercussions against themselves? The following video from YouTube speaks volumes…

 

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<div class=”fb-post” data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=396696013794251″ data-width=”466″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=396696013794251″>Post</a> by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/cupcakegurl223″>Ashley Gervil</a>.</div></div>

IMHO we still have a long way to go…

Please leave a comment and tell me…What do you think?

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