This video is making me weep.
This morning started out like any other.
I hopped onto the computer and saw this video posted on Elizabeth McLennan‘s Facebook page.
I watched it.
And I couldn’t stop crying.
I challenge you to get through this video without crying.
The comments are flying in to this boy’s page like crazy. Hundreds, every minute.
I couldn’t get mine to post.
Maybe you can get your words of support to stick.
I know I’ve said this before, but talk to your children about bullying. About the words they use to other people.
Teach them to lift people up rather than tear them down.
And just so you know, I did some research, and Jonah posted another video yesterday, so I assume he is doing okay.
But there are other “Jonahs” out there.
What would you say to a child who is hurting? And I wonder why he removed the second video.
It is hard to admit this, but I wasn’t always the nicest girl.
At one time in my life, I cared a lot about being popular.
I cared so much that sometimes I ridiculed and teased other people.
Or I stood by while others were teased.
And I did nothing.
These are the things about which I am now deeply ashamed.
Sins for which I have tried to atone.
Today I’m guest posting over at Kelly K’s blog, I Survived The Mean Girls.
Kelly’s blog is designed for people to share their stories about teen bullying.
To let others know they are not alone.
Unfortunately, I’m telling it straight.
From the other side.
From a different place of cruelty and weakness.
It isn’t always pretty.
If you know someone who is having a hard time with bullying, this is the place for that person to go.
Please, help spread the word.
People who tweet can find community on Twitter @OstracizedTeens
So click on the big red lockers and read about the person I used to be.
A long time ago.
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