I’m a ’80s kid.
I played outside, drank from garden hoses, and rode my bike in the middle of the street. I wore my brother’s old t-shirts, straight-leg jeans, and Nike running shoes.
This was the age before Facebook, you know!
Sure, we had MSN Messenger, but that was only just starting to really take off in my town. So, instead of the much more popular online bullying we see rampant in towns today, we…
…bullied each other face-to-face. I got everything from moose nose to nerd and all that’s in between. I was bullied for my clothes, hair, face, home… you name it, someone had something nasty to say about it. That’s why this video hits home so hard. When I was growing up, the understanding was this: it’s just what kids do. It toughens you up.
While that’s true in many cases, the brutal truth is this: in other cases it breaks kids down so much that they want to die. And some go as far as making that happen just to escape the torment. Some kids can’t stand up to bullies. Some kids are scared.
That’s why this video is so important: it reminds us to speak up and offer help when we see something like this going on. Sit back and take note: we need more people like the ones who speak up for the little girl in this video. We need more compassion.