We are made of stories. Our experiences, the good, the bad, the boring, and the painful, are what make us who we are. We are each a collection of many stories, depicting every event, every accident, every victory, and every lesson of our life. Whether we like it or not, bullying plays a big role in our school stories. Did someone particularly go out of their way to make your life unbearable? Do they do it systematically, everyday, for no reason you can understand? Are you called names and harassed by those you never provoked or even knew before? Do they follow you on a social media account just to taunt you and make you feel bad? You’re not alone. #EnoughIsEnough is where you share your story!
What Is #EnoughIsEnough?
NoBullying teamed up with Jamie Cottrell (also known on Twitter and YouTube as Chip) for an anti-bullying campaign. Jamie featured Aria Mark in his video and they discussed their experience with bullying, how it felt, how the school handled it, and why they think it happens. Watch Chip’s video and Aria’s bullying story here.
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We’re all familiar with bullying. If it didn’t happen to you, it happened to someone in front of you. Either way, you saw and probably felt the devastating effects of the verbal and physical abuse. In the video, Aria explains how the constant putting down made it hard for him to believe that he deserved better.
The #EnoughIsEnough NoBullying campaign aims at allowing everyone an open space to speak. More often than we’d like to admit, we bottle our most intense feelings up and we remain silent. We think to ourselves that no one would understand or sympathize, no one would have the time to care or advise, and perhaps if we told them, they’ll bully us too. In the comments columns on both YouTube and Twitter, young men and women poured their hearts out. Some told the complete story, and some refrained because it made them too emotional. But all in all, everyone was grateful they were not alone, that someone else has been there and is now offering to listen. Among the bullying stories that were shared on video is that of Drew. Drew also had to change class and then change school to overcome bullying. Take a look at her story. Enough Is Enough.
Drew felt the need to change whom she was to get the approval of the bullies who claimed they were her friends. Once she understood that these are not the kind of people she wants around her, she gave up trying to please. Now, Drew has real friends who support her and accept her for who she is.
Courtney also shares her heartbreaking story, her experience with autism, and the constant verbal (and at times physical) bullying. Courtney sought the help of her teachers and was offered none. Other kids called her names, taunted her, and one even broke her glasses. Take a look at Courtney’s story.
How Much Is Enough?
How long do you have to wait before the need to stop the bullying becomes an urgent necessity? How much can you take before the constant abuse starts leaving scars? You really shouldn’t wait at all. We can not put an immediate end to bullying this instant– we wish we could. But we can speak up, let everyone know what it is, how it happens, and how it feels, and make sure everyone knows bullying is not kids being kids. Bullying is kids being evil, and when it comes to evil, the good guys must jump to the rescue.
Report bullying the day it occurs. Talk about it. You shouldn’t hide it because you have nothing to be ashamed of. Let your teachers know; let your family know; confide in your closest friends. Don’t build up and feel bad and believe what the malevolent voices tell you. You are a better person than they are because you’re kinder and you don’t need to bring others down to paint a better image of yourself. Speak up. Share your story. Tweet about it. Make your own videos. Allow others across the world to know they’re not alone. We are stronger when we know and we are stronger together. Enough is enough!
Tweet your own story today on #EnoughIsEnough and #NoBullying and let the bad guys hear you roar!
Also, learn how to stand up against a bully here.