There are no two ways about it – bullying is an epidemic in our schools and with our kids.
No child deserves to be taunted, teased and beat up because they may look, think or act differently. We should never have to hear about the death of a child ever but especially not one that includes the word “bully” anywhere in the description of it. Our kids shouldn’t have to worry about anything worse than the occasional outbreak of acne and the awkward age between 12 and 15 where girls are lanky and the range of a boys voice can go from soprano to bass in a single sentence.
Yet with all the attention we’re giving to bullying, it continues to get worse. I’m constantly watching for signs with my girls that something might be amiss. If they’re too quiet, I ask and ask until they either tell me or they lose their cool because I’m making them nuts. But in our world of technology, SnapChat, Tumblr and texting I can’t let my guard down for one moment.
I came across this short on my cousin’s Facebook wall and after I watched it, had to be sure that everyone saw it. If you’ve seen it you know how powerful it is and if you haven’t, you soon will. The short is called Love is All You Need? and it came out 2 years ago. The premise is what if the roles were different and it was heterosexuals that were not the norm and the “breeders” were shunned. After a few minutes of watching it, you really see how ridiculous the whole anti-gay “movement” is. It’s 20 minutes long but believe me, it’s worth it.
But more than that, it shows that bullying knows no boundaries and we have to teach our kids to stop.
There is a campaign to raise money to get this video produced into a movie that can be shown in schools. If you’d like to contribute, visit the “Love is All You Need” campaign page.