Given the nature of the book I am writing, I have read a lot of depressing research the past few months. And even after reading so many real accolades, it never gets easier to comprehend.
About a month ago, I stumbled upon the story of Alex Harrison. It was a story I hadn't heard of, and yet somehow, this one managed to strike an even deeper chord than some of the others I've reviewed.
After learning an entire organization had been developed to share Alex's story and advocate for an anti-bullying society, I started looking for ways to get involved. Having extra time on my hands these days, it is very rewarding to be able to get involved with something I support so passionately.
I began corresponding with a very nice woman who knew Alex personally. The other day, I received a package of bracelets from her with the campaign's logo. This morning, I worked on preparing a little blurb to attach to the bracelets and started distributing them to my co-workers. I am thrilled with how supportive everyone has been.
Furthermore, since putting mine on my wrist earlier today, I have been unexpectedly surpised by the number of people asking what the bracelet represents. And even better, after I tell them, they ask how they can get one. I'm feeling very hopeful at the moment that better days are coming. That schools will one day be safe - physically AND emotionally - for all kids attending. And that with the efforts of many, these types of tragedies will no longer occur. As educators, I think that is all we can ask for.