OK, so Tangled Ball had a different expert in mind to feature today…but he IS the President…and it’s very important that he added his voice to this subject. I hope that ALL kids feeling relentlessly “put down” and suffering will identify with this message.
Kids are bullied not only because they’re gay (or perceived as gay), but also because they’re “fat,” or too thin, have disabilities, are too pretty, not good looking enough, have red hair, are new to a school, too promiscuous, too conservative, too rich, too poor, or just at the wrong place at the wrong time.
We can all do SOMETHING. When in doubt, as adults we can do simple things like say, “You don’t deserve that!” And repeat and repeat and repeat. Our outrage and empathy will go a long way to blunt the long tail of pain that bullying causes.
We can’t stop every incidence. We can stop kids from feeling thatbeing treated that way is OK. We don’t have to wait for experts to tell us that kids need us to constantly tell them that they are very cool… and kids who put other kids down are knuckleheads.
Just a reminder of why this has gotten the attention of the White House and how much it deserves our attention.
Susan S. Raisch is the founder of Tangled Ball, a service that develops bullying prevention and leadership tools, including this website devoted to providing resources for families and educators. Click to learn more!