October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll join the conversation.
Abby Dubois was bullied for her ears. Amaya Kendall was bullied for a mole. After years of dodging insults, both underwent a complimentary surgery to adjust their physical appearance. Check out their journey below.
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As happy as I am for both of these girls, I'm saddened that society led them to this option. Had they both been treated with kindness, they would have never received the scars left from the words of others. And without those scars making them feel different, it's possible these girls would have accepted their appearance.
Why were they harassed for their appearance in the first place? While these two girls were able to close a painful chapter in their lives, how many people will face similar obstacles for longer? Should we be accommodating our own personal bullies, or, should our bullies be learning tolerance and empathy?
Wear a shirt, take a stand!
Tomorrow, PACER'S National Bullying Prevention Center is sponsoring UNITY DAY. In support of students who are bullied, please join us by wearing ORANGE. Help raise awareness, and let anyone being bullied know they are not alone. The end of bullying begins with us.