“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-Spanish philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952)
History has a pattern of repeating itself.
14-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from a third-story cement plant structure in central Florida on Sept. 10th after being verbally, physically and cyber bullied throughout 2012 and 2013.
In November of 2007, I wrote a blog on bullying entitled Have we really evolved?
Apparently, we haven’t come that far despite the fact that in 2006 what started as a week long anti-bullying event eventually turned into a month long anti-bullying movement.
I read through my past blog posts and found others on this topic:
- Beating the Bullies
- Before you gossip; ask these three questions
- You’ve got to be carefully taught
- You’re not the boss of me
- Three simple ways to stop bullying
- Creatively connecting the dots
Despite the efforts of organizations and educators, the bullying continues. With always available technology, it has gotten worse.
So how does it ever get better?
Not with events or movements, not with the adults stepping in, but rather individual children believing they are good enough and other children are too. This happens when children feel unconditional love.
Bullying will end when bullies have no followers. When acting alone, bullies are ineffective.
Perhaps that is the message of hope.
Tell your children don’t be a victim, and don’t let the bully be a victor. The way to end bullying might be as simple as supply and demand.
We don’t need another family burying a child. You may also might want to see Barbara Gilmour’s site http://www.coolkindkid.com/