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Because I think it really comes down to this
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cleolinda
So today is Spirit Day. I don't really have any purple to wear, nor anyone to see me wearing it. Bullying has been pretty exhaustively discussed on the internets the last few weeks (although I liked this post the best); I don't really want to get into any of the hows and whys. I was mildly tormented throughout my entire grade-school career, not nothing near as bad as a lot of people had to endure. And the one thing I've figured out from that experience, for absolute sure, is that bullying is able to happen when good people do nothing.

So it doesn't really matter to me what "reason" bullies decide on when they start picking on you. They don't think you're the "right" gender, the right orientation, the right color, the right size; I don't really care. What I'm telling you now is that I'm not going to just stand here anymore. Everyone always says, "Well, it's none of my business." Bullying will be my business now. If I see someone giving you shit, I will tell them to cut that shit out, and we'll take it from there. And if you aren't the one being bullied, and you're standing next to me, I hope you'll back me up. I hope you would do the same for me.

That's my contribution today.



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YOU DO THAT. My parents weren't bullied in school or elsewhere, but my mother saw enough of it going on that she decided to homeschool her kids more or less the second she found out that homeschooling was an option. And after hearing stories about bullying from my friends who went to public school, I'm incredibly grateful that she did. I don't really care how a parent keeps their kids safe from bullying: what matters is that they do.

I know of a lot of people who went to homeschooling as a result of bullying. Frankly, it probably saved their psyche, not to mention made them better educated since they didn't get distracted by that kind of rude bad socialization we apparently value as a society.

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