Let’s start by looking at some definitions of just exactly what a “bully” is:
- A person who hurts, persecutes, or intimidates weaker people.
- A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
- Persistent unwelcome behavior, mostly using unwarranted or invalid criticism, nit-picking, fault-finding, also exclusion, isolation, being singled out and treated differently, being shouted at, humiliated, and much more.
- A form of abuse.
As the last definition states, bullying is abuse, but really it’s abuse and terrorism combined. It’s not just a kids thing. It’s not a ‘boys will be boys’ thing. It’s a very real and oft-times deadly form of abuse against the body, mind, and soul of the victim.
But, you know what’s worse than bullying?
Knowing about the abuse and doing nothing to stop it. While it’s true, you can’t stop everyone determined to hurt others, you can speak up, speak out against the hate, fear, and ignorance that takes the lives and souls of people, even young children, every year.
BULLY is a documentary, only available at the moment in limited run, that shows how prevalent this epidemic is and how it can destroy the lives of those bullies, as well as their friends and families when things escalate to suicide or murder.
I would urge you, whether you can watch BULLY yet or not, to find out more about what you can do to help stop the abuse. Take a stand!
* Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project – http://handsproject.org/
* The Anti-Bully Blog – http://antibullyingblog.blogspot.com/
* http://www.bullyonline.org/schoolbully/index.htm has some great articles on school, family, and workplace bullying and what you can do about it.