I will never forget the email I got one night from a viewer. She was begging for my help. Her 13-year-old daughter threatened to kill herself. She was afraid to go to school…she was tired of getting bullied, picked on and harassed. Her mother said, “I’m sending my daughter to a torture chamber every day.” I met that young girl in her living room. She told me she was eating her school lunch in the bathroom…sitting on the toilet with her lunch tray on her lap. She did that because girls in her class would “moo” at her when she would take a bite. They would yell obscenities at her. Basically, degrade her in front of the entire school.
After her story aired…more followed. Like the 6-year-old who brought a knife to school so he could “protect” himself. He told me he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone…he just wanted to make sure nobody hurt him anymore.
There was the 8-year-old who told me she cried herself to sleep every night because she was bullied…the 10-year-old who needs stitches because kids threw rocks at him on the playground…I could go on and on.
No child should be afraid to go to school. No child should be terrified to go to the cafeteria, to the playground or to walk down their school hallways. No child should have a stomach ache at the THOUGHT of riding the bus. It is NOT okay. We need to stop saying things like, “It’s all a part of growing up…it’s just kids being kids…they’ll grow out of it.”
Sure, anyone can write “Stop Bullying” on their hands like we did…anyone can record a PSA asking people to be “kind”…anyone can sit behind an anchor desk and say there is a bullying epidemic. I don’t want to be anyone. I want to be the SOMEONE who tries to make a difference. I want to give those who are bullied a voice.
Either we can talk about the problem…or we can do whatever it takes, to try to fix the problem.
I’m trying to fix it…and there are some big things coming in October…stay tuned.