I wrote this blog prior to hearing of Cartoon Network's The Bully Effect Program that is actually airing on Sunday April 28 5:30 pm. It picks up where Bully the documentary leaves off with Alex Libby. I can't wait to see it. Read this blog to catch up on the show. And tune in, Monday May 6 @ 12 pm, to The Five by Five Blog Talk Radio show to hear my personal story about bullying, this blog and The Bully Effect program. Call in with your story to 914-803-4988.
Another cast member in the Bully Documentary was the teen girl, Kelby. I don't know if she was really
Ja'Meya Jackson was one of the more extreme cases. We find her in a youth detention center facing multiple felonious counts. The reason behind her incarceration stemmed from a bus incident where she brought a gun onto the bus to intimidate the ones who were bullying her. She tells the viewers she had finally had enough of the abuse. Thankfully all charges against her were dropped. Although, I never felt like it wasn't going to get better. I was and I still am a pretty willful person. I do think you carry some of that torment with you into adulthood. Just the other day I saw one of my childhood tormentors. The feelings I had then all resurfaced and I hated him for leaving me with those feelings. I just looked at him. I actually wanted to walk up and ask for an apology. Then I thought that would be dumb. So, I just left the store and the feelings passed.
It's difficult being a kid or teenager growing up in the this world. But, it does get better. We find our own way and choose our own paths. There are so many avenues available against Bullying. There is a voice being heard now that couldn't be heard before. The community and the movement is growing. Be apart of the solution not the source of the problem.