I have always attracted bullies and overbearing people, maybe because I've never been afraid to do battle with them. I ride buses in New York City on a daily basis, and it seems to be a setting that attracts overbearing people, perhaps because everyone is trapped with them.
Bullying is not, as some allege, some mandatory rite of passage that young people must endure on their journey to adulthood. This is not "kids just being kids." This is a murderous game that young people are playing all across this country.
I was bullied as an eighth grader. A year later I read a journal I had kept during that time. I read entries that said when I was "older" I had to do something to stop this from happening to another girl. That's where the idea of the Girl's Group started.
This is an open letter to Jonah, and others in a similar situation, who is emotionally tormented by bullies. His heart-wrenching video had this writer in tears, and I want to address him in a way I can't on YouTube.
With new data revealing that both bullies and victims are at higher risk for suicide, our eyes are opening to the fact that we're faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. So what can we do to protect our children against the painful effects of bullying?