Recently, our neighborhood experienced a great tragedy. A beautiful, young teenage girl committed suicide. I don’t know the reasons why, but the inevitable question that was first expressed by many was, “Was she bullied?”
Bullying is an epidemic here in our nation. In one study, roughly 49% of children grades 4–12 reported being bullied at least once in the last month by other students at their school.
That’s nearly half!?! What the …!?!
We’ve seen emotional stories on shows such as XFactor in 2012 where Jillian Jensen‘s story was shared with the whole country.
There’s real pain, real emotions there.
However, now more than ever we have the youth of the world standing up to fight back against bullying. And, I think that is what it is going to take. Us adults can only do so much to fix the problem.
One duo speaking up against bullying is Bars & Melody, made up of Leondre Devries (“Bars”) and Charlie Lenehan (“Melody”). In the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent (2014), they were sent straight from auditions to the semi-finals for their performance of their own version of “Hope“.
Even though I’ve heard this numerous times, it still gets me every time Leondre pleads to the bully to, “accept me, please”.
Words can be weapons.
They can also heal.
Consider this wonderful project done by a youth group in Utah designed to see the impact of positive words on people.
Let’s use our words to build others up, not tear them down.
Official Video: Bars and Melody – Hopeful