© Cole Carruthers
Supporters of a 'Peace Walk' wear pink to raise awareness towards bullying and child violence.
Bullying always has been and always will be a serious issue.
Unless we have been in a situation, we can only imagine — but not ever fully understand — what it’s like to be bullied and what it feels like.
In a perfect world, no one would ever be put down and bullied to the point of wanting to commit suicide.
This is not a perfect world.
Bullying is real and it happens.
People get hurt all the time by it and in the digital age, cyberbullying has made it that much easier — and that much crueler — to bully others.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to take a stand and fight it.
We hear too many stories of teenagers committing suicide because of bullying or other factors.
Mackenzie Murphy of Airdrie, Alta., who is about to turn 14 years old, tried to commit suicide because of hate from people at her school.
Now she stands as an advocate of anti-bullying campaigns, but even so she continues to be ridiculed. On Oct. 10 will be the day of remembrance for youth who have committed suicide.
Not only should we applaud her efforts, but we should also join her in anti-bullying measures.
The more people understand how much bullying hurts and what it can cause people to do, the better chance we have at minimizing bullying.
The Airdrie council passed an anti-bullying provision to the public behaviour bylaw, which includes cyberbullying.
This is a step we should all consider following and doing the same or at least something similar.
No type of bullying is acceptable.
It might seem harmless to the bully, but to the victim it’s anything but.
By bullying through texting or social media, bullies cannot see expressions on people’s faces to see how much it hurts.
It makes it even easier to do, but just as wrong.
We need to be there for people who are victims of bullying and feel worthless.
We need to encourage others to stop making people feel that way.
And we need to be strong and show our support for, or take part in, anti-bullying campaigns.
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