It’s Time to End Teenage Bullying – via The Ellen Degeneres Show
I just heard the news that 5 teenagers have committed suicide in the past 3 weeks. These kids were bullied in school and/or outed on the internet as being gay. They just couldn’t take it anymore so they killed themselves.
I heard that one of the 13-year-old boys hung himself. 13 years old! You cannot imagine how bad he must have been made to feel to hang himself. I don’t know the circumstances or the way the other ones killed themselves but things have to be pretty bad to get to that point.
My heart truly goes out to the parents of these children as well as the children who are going through this. You know, when I was their age I was this close (holds fingers close together) to doing the same thing. It’s bad. It really is and I know how they feel.
I would like for all parents out there to please sit down with their children and tell them that being a bully is such a waste of your teenage years. Stop teaching your kids hatred and to be a bully and start teaching them that it doesn’t matter what color someone is, if they are fat, if they are gay or even the slightest bit different from them. We are all human beings no matter what. There is no reason to go around bullying anyone period!
I would also like to send a message out to all of the LGBT children out there. I know first hand how bad it is for you. I was a teenager once myself. I endured the bullying for years but I had to keep telling myself that it’s going to be better someday. It won’t last forever. Just keep telling yourself that. Ignore what the other kids say or what they call you because in 15-30 years they are going to have children and there is a 50/50 chance that their children are going to be gay and come out of the closet. They will have to learn tolerance then.
Your life is too precious and valuable to do that. Please, if you feel you need to talk to someone, use these resources that Ellen Degeneres has put on her website (link above). They can help you in a way that even your parents and family can’t (or won’t).
I promise you, it will get better but you need to give life a chance and talk about it with someone. Let them be your lifeline.
- The Trevor Project at 866 4U TREVOR. It’s a 24-hour, national help line for gay and questioning teens. You can learn more about The Trevor Project at their website: thetrevorproject.org.
- Angels and Doves is a nationwide anti-bullying non-profit organization. Their website isAngelsandDoves.com
- The National Center for Bullying Prevention is helping to promote awareness and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. You can learn more about them at their website:Pacer.org/bullying
- The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew’s Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth. The website is matthewsplace.com
- GLSEN is also a great organization that is working to eradicate bullying and bias in schools. Their website is: glsen.org
- STOMP Out Bullying is focused on reducing bullying and cyber bullying. Find out more on their website: stompoutbullying.org