By Una West, Dundas
There is an old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Now we know differently; when words are used they are just as efficient as a fist or a gun.
Realistically today, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will break your brain.”
Or, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will cut me deeply.”
Bullying is getting sicker and sicker. Kids are even being filmed for YouTube as they lay dying on the ground. Our youth are suffering and people are standing watching as a person’s soul is being hurt and humiliated.
We evolved from the animal kingdom into human form, and I wonder how much of that bullying gene we bring with us from that evolution.
As in nature, the weakest — something that is born different — is the target for attack.
My heart goes out to those kids who are constantly singled out — terrorized, taunted, humiliated to the point that they take their own life to avoid the pain that is being placed on them.
They have given it a new name “Bullycide.” We worry about terrorists entering our cities and destroying our family fibre, while our very children’s spirits are being wounded again and again by terrorists of a very different nature, kids of their own age, from their own home town.
I can’t even comprehend the pressures kids must deal with on a day-to-day basis. I wonder how they find the stamina, encouragement and willpower to carry on, let alone learn.
Teachers are sometimes unaware of what is going on around them; they cannot have eyes in the backs of their heads, especially as everything is neatly executed in silence and hidden from view. Victims are alone in their suffering for fear of reprisals. They are silent, scared to speak of the horrors that follow them relentlessly.
Bullies are as much victims as the people they terrorize. Somewhere in their lives, they have perhaps felt the pain of suffering at the hands of a persecutor and to gain back a sense of power, must now become an “abuser.”
Two teens in Nova Scotia took a stand against Bullying: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 Pink Shirt Day against bullying. See www.Pinkshirtday.ca.
People can bring about change.