Accept Me, Please
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, ‚€œWas 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 (‚€œBars‚€) and Charlie Lenehan (‚€œMelody‚€). In the Britain‚€™s Got Talent (series 8) (2014), they were sent straight from auditions to the semi-finals for their performance of their own version of ‚€œHope‚€œ.
Even though I‚€™ve heard this numerous times, it still gets me every time Leondre pleads to the bully to, ‚€œaccept 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