For the first time in my life, I was the bully, and someone else was scared of me. My behavior was despicable, but I felt empowered.
The Contest, directed by Anthony Joseph Giunta, is one of the many, amazing films using the power of the screen to combat bullying.
Just last week, an 11-year old sixth grade student lamented to me that she was invited to sleepover at a friend's house, but all the friend did throughout the night was text with girls not invited over. It made the guest feel rejected, unwanted and disregarded.
For you, who I slurred, I am eternally grateful for my comeuppance, horrified by any pain I may have caused you, and deeply sorry for bullying and calling you a fag. Especially when you are the rubber and I am the glue, and everything I said bounced off you and stuck to me.
We seek out community, or we make parenting groups in the communities where we live. There's nothing fancy about it, even though it's really amazing when it works out that somewhere feels like home.
Meet with your child to find out his/her version of the situation. Try not to accuse your child. Instead, ask the child what happened that day and what parts of the story that you heard were true.
I'm really tired of listening to all of you ponder, plea, debate and complain. I'm tired of reading your comments on social media. I'm tired of the hand-wringing. The navel-gazing. The attempts at empathy. That's not enough. That won't protect your kids. Do something.
That's the secret that Morgan Frazier shares, in all of her music and in all of the time she spends with all of those young people; showing the bullies as much as the bullied that hurting people has absolutely nothing to do with being strong.
My next goal is to help others create healthy online habits, particularly among our youth who unfortunately may not fully understand the impact of their updates and sharing across the web.
In Geography Club the character Russel finds the strength reflected in so many teenagers who have discovered the power in standing up for themselves. By the end of the movie, Russel acts as the mascot not just for teenagers struggling with their sexuality but for teenagers, period.
The nomination of A.L. Collins, an openly anti-LGBT politician, is disappointing in and of itself, but to select him for a task force concerned with ensuring the safety of all students is unconscionable.
When Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin complained he was bullied by teammate Richie Incognito, the public chose sides in a way we have not seen before in recent bullying stories.
I'm the one that jumps first and freaks later. But speaking my mind? Finally fessing up to all that was wrong in my life, being a voice for those who hadn't, wouldn't or couldn't? Now that was terrifying.
I'd spent over 10 years playing scenarios of running into TJ in my head, ruminating on how I would confront him as an adult. Still, I was trembling with both fear and anger at the thought of seeing him again.
Those who diminish others to raise their own status can no longer escape criticism because now there's a punitive label attached to it. In the current marketplace, being branded a bully is now taken more seriously in the boardroom, in the bedroom, on the football field in the school classroom.
B-Man leans forward and whispers in my ear, "When we were writing '-ay' words on our spelling boards today, someone wrote 'gay' and circled it as their favorite word. But someone else said 'gay' was a bad word. But it isn't, right?"