The story of the Canadian teen who committed suicide because of bullying—but not before she told her story via a YouTube video— has hit me hard. What makes the matter even worse are the comments on the video by trolls. Some are so hateful, so horrific that simply typing them out to include here would make me ill. The horrible comments, the fact a young girl was driven to suicide (she is not the only person to have taken their own life due to bullying) and the countless other accounts/forms of bullying I’ve been reading about have all come to a head for me. I found myself vocalizing as much on twitter. I shared a tiny portion of my youngest son’s struggle with being bullied. My inbox, DM and tweet feed flooded with supporters. Some were well-wishers, some were dealing with something similar with their children, others experienced bullying themselves. The list went on and on. It became very clear my feelings on the matter were not mine alone. Many felt the same way. Many felt more needed to be done.
Yasmine Galenorn and I decided to gather our writing friends and peers and invite them to take a stand against bullying. They responded and together we are Authors Against Bullying. Each author participating is posting to their blogs on Oct 19th. We will have links to each other provided to make for easy navigation. We hope that by sharing our stories, our thoughts and our views on it all that we will help bring more attention to something that is fast becoming an epidemic.
Bullying comes in many shapes and forms. It wears many masks and happens to people of all ages, races and sex. I encourage all of you who have had your life touched by bullying in some fashion to share your story—to help others see they are not alone. October is National Bullying Awareness Month and we hope all of you join us in standing up against bullying.
Thank you Dear Author for helping us spread the word.
Mandy M. Roth
Authors Against Bullying:
- Mandy M. Roth
Michelle M. Pillow
Jackie Morse Kessler
Jesse L. Cairns
*Each authors’ opinions on bullying are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of all participating.