Lately and with good reason all the talk has been about bullies and specifically the death of Amanda Todd.
Her death was a travesty.
This article written by Kelly McParland I think is one of the best ones written that not only speaks for Amanda but other victims of this little punished crime.
One of those people would be me.
I went to junior high in Winnipeg made up of grade seven,eight and nines.
I remember only too well being in grade 8 ( I was the smallest kid in the class) living a 1 minute walk from school.We lived next door to the school, I literally had to go out the back gate and pretty much the back stairs were there.
Didn’t matter, this guy got me most every day at least once. Never hit me just blocked my way, pushed me , and threatened to clobber me. Tormented me, scared me.
Bothered me so much I used to pretend to be sick so I wouldn’t have to go to school.
In reality and looking back there was no pretending at all. I was sick and scared.
This guy ( there was two, but one predominately and I remember the name like it was yesterday but I won’t mention it).
Still bothers me today and it makes me wonder how those events shaped my life and that was before the internet.
I had a nervous stomach and as a 12 year old kid became the Tagamet king of Winnipeg.
I often wonder if taking that drug is the root of all my digestive and other problems now .( Actually bullying is probably the root)
So lets hope Amanda’s life and death were not in vain, lets hope she brought this issue to the forefront where it should be.
Maybe then, the bullies will no longer be the funny people in cartoons but rather the monsters that they deserve to be.