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Because I think it really comes down to this
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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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I was bullied throughout grade school, for being a nerd, and socially awkward, and while my parents sort of tried to make it better, their attitude is still "well this happens in life, it made you stronger" which... no.

Gods, that attitude is such BULLSHIT! It's what people say to avoid having to step in and do something.

When I was a kid, my parents moved me from a great school where I wasn't bullied to one where it became a daily occurrence (the school also had the highest rate of violent crime in the entire state). I was stuck at that school for six years, and the bullying never once stopped till I went to a different city in high school.

Did the bullying make me stronger? HELL no! I went from a confident, bold kid who wasn't afraid to try any new thing to a terrified child who never spoke to anyone unless ordered to, who was afraid to do anything but stay at home and read, and who still suffers from severe social anxiety and a whole host of other neuroses that can be traced directly back to the bullying days and which no amount of therapy have helped.

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