On June 28, 2016 I wrote the following Facebook Post after reading about bullying episode that had occurred that day: “My mom taught me, don’t eat in front of others if you don’t have enough for everyone, go without. If you have a party, and you invite your classmates, they are all invited. When I volunteer, I am the first to arrive and the last to leave. Considering recent events on the exclusion of an autistic child from participating in a school trip I feel the need to write this. There are boys and girls that nobody invites to birthdays, for example. There are kids with special needs who want to belong to a team, but are never selected, because it is more important to win. Children with special needs are not rare or strangers. They only want what everyone else wants: to be accepted!!”
I feel it’s important to now clarify that everyone deserves to be accepted, not just those that others might choose to pick on because they feel they differ from themselves or the majority in any particular way. Each of us were born into this world different from one another. There had to be a reason for our differences, therefore we shouldn’t be faulted for said differences. Passing judgement or making derogatory comments on those with differences is a form of bullying. Bullying is unacceptable and certainly nothing to be proud of. Make sure that if you see it, document it, report it and stop it. Someday it could be you, or someone you know or love.
To Bully or Not to Bully is the Question©
By Felina Silver Robinson