There has been so much said about the epidemic of bullying lately, from Ellen DeGeneres' heartfelt plea to the "It Gets Better" video campaign, that I was beginning to think every angle had been covered. Then I read a post on comedian/actor Patton Oswalt's website today. You might not know his name, perhaps you recognize his face, but you will surely remember his words because they are powerful and brave and ask you to focus not on the perpetrator or the victim but on the supporters and friends of the bully (profanities abound, just in case you may be offended):
MON, OCT 25
YOU CAN HELP IT GET BETTER@ 1:33 PM
To read the rest of Patton Oswalt's post, click here.
I hope you take the time to do so; I was really moved. I can't add much more to what he wrote, except to hope that as parents we are able to teach our children to be strong enough to take the challenge he proposes at the end of his piece. And to do that, we need to model tolerance, respect and understanding so that our children grow up to know not only their own true worth but the worth of every soul they encounter in this world. A tall order to be sure, but one worth striving for.
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The Twin Coach
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