#127 protest injustice whenever and wherever your see it

2 Oct

Raymond Chase, 19. Tyler Clementi, 18. Billy Lucas, 15. Seth Walsh, 13. Asher Brown, 13.

All lives recently lost…to suicide….as a result of bullying because they were gay.

Bullying is a serious problem in schools and in society today. It is something that really makes me upset- who are you to think you are better than someone and can hurt them and make fun of them? This is an issue I find myself frequently addressing in my classroom. I feel that today’s culture does not acknowledge the fact that words hurt- the old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” is false. Words due hurt- as evidenced by the lives lost.

Injustice can take various forms- but you know it when you see it or hear it. Address it. Stand up to it. It may be hard, but it is the right thing to do. Watch the news. Educate yourselves, your children, your family, your friends. This is important. This bullying has been on my radar, but after reading about Tyler on CNN and Raymond on another blog (see link below), and watching the clip from the Ellen show, I knew I had to blog about it.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with someone’s lifestyle, it is imperative that you do not engage in actions/behaviors that harm them. Think about the Golden Rule….a blog that was fairly recent.

Read about Raymond: http://talkaboutequality.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/another-suicide-not-just-a-number/

Watch the Ellen clip: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/10/01/levs.ellen.anti.bullying.cnn?hpt=T2 

Signs your child, student, friend may be getting cyberbullied (which is the new form of bullying) : http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/10/02/p.kid.being.cyberbullied/index.html?hpt=T2 

Until tomorrow….

“Raymond Chase was a person who liked Harry Potter and Rugrats and was a member of the popular facebook group “I cant spell “bananas” without singing hollaback girl.” He’s not number five in a week of suicides, he’s a unique special person with friends and family who are devastated by his loss. He’s a gay college kid who sure seems happy but not that day, or maybe he’d never been, and something happened or something had always happened and he couldn’t do it.”

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