Today marks the nation-wide Anti Bullying Day for a movement that was first initiated by David Shepherd, Travis Price, and a few of their friends. Basically, they organized a high-school protest to stand up against bullying that’s happening in their school to a boy that was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The rest is history.
I must admit, I was lucky to have never been bullied (or I just didn’t realize I was bullied). When I was in grade 9, I took part in teasing my juniors and it’s not because I had something personal, but it was mostly because I was still trying to fit in to the whole clique. This is the saddest part of being in school unfortunately. We are so pressured to blend in and to fit in, because if we don’t, then we’ll be the one getting bullied. It annoys me terribly now that I complied to the whole idea. However, karma does serve those real bullies well. Most of the bullies I know are no longer at the top of the food chain, whereas the survived bullied came out of school stronger than anyone.
In my previous blog post about my meeting with Kiran from YWiB also made me realize how important it is to always be kind and nice. I dated Ed for a few years and had I not gone to the same elementary school as him, maybe we would never date and made the memories like we did. Had I not care so much about my image at SFU, I probably would not have been remembered much by the YWiB execs. Unfortunately kids don’t think about the long haul, that’s the difference about kids and adults. Kids often only think of the present and the near future. For some cases, that’s a good thing, but it’s also saddened me to think how they are ruining their image because they don’t understand the consequences of their actions.
It takes more than just wearing pink on this #PinkShirtDay to raise the awareness. We, adults, need to pass on our experiences not just amongst ourselves, but to those who are still in school. We’ve gone through enough in life to know how to stand up against bullying, but they are still stuck in their theory of blending in. I know because I was a part of it.