"You might have noticed that deviantART is wearing purple today, as October 20, 2010 marks Spirit Day -- an event to honor teens who have lost their lives to anti-LGBT bullying.
While this specific type of bullying has received a lot of media attention as of late, we'd like to bring to light how bullying is a wide-spread problem that impacts everyone -- regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, race, or profession. And the recent surge of teen suicides associated with bullying can't be ignored or overlooked."
Woo. I'm loved. :3 I totally want to draw this photo... My style.. (BTWWW. If I do, I'd totally credit you for original idea btw so no worries.. haha. ) Anyways. Its so great it makes me want to go murder a chicken D: ..
I like purple....I was bullied as a kid....I thought about killing myself once or twice....I always found a reason not to. Thankfully I haven't been bullied since I started High School so I haven't thought about it in years....I'm glad I was able to get past it and have the chance to figure out what I want to do for the world. I hope others are able to do the same. Bullies never truely get anywhere in life and the people who work hard and help others are the ones that truely achieve, that's what I took away from it and I hope that other people who are or were bullied get the same idea.
I think I have to say something here. Thank you. You spoke it up. Recently I noticed how it was always emphazised as "bullying of lesbians and gays". I am glad that there is an awareness now and that it got a day to remember (though it would be better to remember everyday - guess it is like with Valentine's day. Show your feelings always - but have a day to give a little extra).
What got a bit forgotten over all this - there is more bullying than "just" cause of the sexual orientation. There'll be always a reason to use and to excuse why bullying someone - be it gender, race, language, looks, habits, clothing - damn, often enough they don't NEED a reason, it's just that they get their kicks in drowning your books in the toilet.
I am glad you brought this up again. No bullying is ok. No matter if it accidently gets high attention or if it happens without ever anyone talking about.
I don't think bullying will ever die out. As I said - certain people don't need a reason. What I can say to their sandsacks (I avoid the word "victim" on purpose) - don't let them make you their victim. As soon as you resign yourself to the role of the victim it is hard to get it off again. Fight back with any means you have. Including telling your teachers and your parents. This takes guts. But life always does. Jump off and see you'll survive it (telling I mean). If nothing else it does give you a bit strength. Anyways - don't ever let them tell you bullying is nothing (cause some teachers and parents DO think that splashing a "DIE BITCH" with red color on your locker is a normal, harmless kid's prank). It IS something. And moreover it is your life that's fucked up. Seeking help is the only option you have then to really change something. (depending on the level I recommend a lawer. Since destroying your properties or injuring you physically ARE civil crimes. While insults are not.).
And now a word to the many ones standing by watching. I know there are more watchers out there as active bulliers. And the better part of the watchers feels sick seeing what happens. I know you do. So why do you just stand by? We don't need a big protector if it's that, what you think. We need a hand to strenghten our back (and sometimes an ass kick to step up at one point). That's all. Talking to us friendly sometimes is enough to provide this. (though this can be hard... at one point I got extremely hostile to anyone talking to me. I had reason to do so. Please, don't be discouraged. Sometimes we are simply cautios, cause life taught us to be - plus we don't want pity.) And you fear you'd get bullied too? Well, at least you'd be not alone. Aside of that - I don't think it too possible. Those standing by usually blend in the mass perfectly. Probably people who bully me wont even notice you. And if rhey do - if you are friends with them - well, they might listen to your reason. And if they don't... well. It's up to you.
Thank you, Rueme for bringing it up.
(story above is experience. I was bullied in school, enough to be driven close to suicide. Of course I never talked to my parents... and teachers considered the actions mostly as pranks that went a bit too far. Oh, and I should try to integrate a bit more in class, then I'll see they are good guys after all... mine is a bitter laugh. I enrolled on another school, but sadly problems followed me in form of me being snappy to anyone talking to me, being hostile to anyone attempting to close in... and since my new teachers did not know about my former situation there was no proper warning. (A little: "Look, that girl went to a lot of shit, is probably slightly traumatized, so don't expect her being all friendly and open" would have been a good start. Well. Comes from me being close mouthed.)
This is sfucking amazing, because of your drawing right here. I think that the theam is very followed by your awesomness. Just saying. I'm glade you drew this. I hope thay people who see this and do not know about this day, will now know becuase of you and will relise what this is about.