23-year old Rachel Byrk was bullied mercilessly online.
She was born with the name Roger and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Finally, she gave up – jumped from The George Washington Bridge. Her body was found weeks later but she scheduled a post to run a few hours after she jumped that said, “Guess I am dead. Killed myself. Sorry.”
Please believe that bullying of all kinds is running rampant in.
Bully-shaming is made possible because of the Internet and social media. It allows a segment of the population to not only have a louder voice but gives them a way to deliver haunting messages directly into the minds of their victims.
This is an extreme case of bullying, but other cases are common in high schools across the nation. In fact, bullying takes place in offices and it is often done by people with too much power who abuse the rights of others.
The good news is – and there is good news – that adults should cut off access to bullies and to not react to them in any way. This deprives them of the very thing they crave when bullying others.
React and you encourage more bullying.
For children, help them and reassure them to understand that they are fine the way they are and that others who seek to bully should be dismissed and disregarded on each and every attempt.
In our new world that brings us the many gifts of interactivity and social interaction, we must police ourselves from those who abuse easy access to their victims.
We do it by loving ourselves as many minutes a day as possible.
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