Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bullies Bite The Little One: A Guest Post At Another Slightly Scary Story

Friend and writer Draven Ames is featuring me on his blog today.  This is my first guest post; I'm honored Draven invited me to visit his site and share some thoughts on bullying.  You can hop over and read the post by clicking here: Bullies Bite The Little One.  I'd love to see you there!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, Paul! Two of my blog buddies teaming up to combat bullying! Very cool. Heading over there right now!

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  2. I totally support this year of anti-bullying, but where was this trendiness during the days before Columbine?

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  3. Hi Jarvis,

    Thank you for your question, as many feel the same way you do.

    When Columbine occurred, I was still in high school living as a bullying victim. In fact, I remember being mocked during a discussion in my Global Perspectives class for bringing up that bullying had something to do with it. Nobody wanted to believe it could have that much of an impact.

    I can also tell you that, for me, bullying advocacy has been my mission since I was 21 and finally in a position where I could do something about it. As an adult survivor, it was the first group I signed up for when I was student teaching. I offered my input and volunteered however I could.

    As a teacher, bullying was a recurring topic of discussion in both homeroom and my academic classes. Every year, I showed students The Ernest Green Story, which I fought to have approved since it was not part of my curriculum. The unit incorporated bullying, bystanders, tolerance, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination. It was my way of teaching awareness and doing my part.

    I can't speak for others, but I can speak for myself. Bullying has been trending in my life since I made the transition from victim to survivor. I welcome others to my side of the playground whenever they decide to join me. Yes, the sooner the better, but it's also never too late.

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  4. Paul, that was a great post. I left a comment there.

    The Write Soil

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  5. Thanks, Dawn. I'll head over and respond.

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