Stop The Bullying
When and how is the bullying going to stop? You can't look at the newspaper or the internet without seeing the most horrific incidences of bullying, mostly against teenage girls. As a mother of a teenage girl, this is incredibly frightening. These incidences are quite serious, deadly in some cases and I am plagued by them.
Being a teenage girl myself way back when, I had the misfortune of being on the wrong end of a bullying exeperience. Time has erased the "reason" for the incident (is there ever really a reason?) but the scars remain to this day. Basically one day I had a best friend named Danielle (the prettiest and most popular girl in 6th grade), and the next day she decided I was a liar and she hated me and turned all of my friends against me.
I remember showing up at school and getting the silent treatment from mostly everyone. This continued all day everyday through lunch and dreaded recess. I even remember one of the "mean" girls being in my Hebrew school carpool speaking to me then, but ignoring me at school. I wasn't sure if the teachers or school administration knew what was going on, but then one day my English teacher kept me after class and broached the subject with me. I am pretty sure I burst into tears, but I distinctly remember her telling me that this will stop because she is putting an end to it immediately.
I'll never know what she did or said, but as quickly as the bullying came, it went. I was lucky that back then there was no internet, cell phones or blackberries. The harassment was contained to kids calling my house and hanging up and not sitting next to me on the school bus. Don't get me wrong, I was traumatized by this incident. I was afraid and embarrassed to tell my parents, and dreaded going to school every day. But I never feared for my life and thought that the bullying could turn violent. I am grateful that I came out of the incident physically unscathed, and am heartsick that so many young girls don't.Continued on the next page