It’s a sad reality, but bullying is an ever-present menace in schools and among children and teenagers around the world. That said, we all like to think that if someone harassed our loved ones, we’d have the guts to stand up for them. Unfortunately, not everyone can be so brave.
When one girl discovered her own sister was the target for a ring of bullies at her school, she put together a brilliant plan to shut them down. Needless to say, no kids have ever tried anything like this before.
No one likes to admit it—it’s a hard pill to swallow—but bullying is a major problem in schools and among children around the world. There’s no denying it: bullies plague society and make others feel less superior than they are.
For that reason, anyone who has ever been subjected to this horrific ordeal knows what it’s like to daydream about sticking up for yourself in those situations. Sadly, however, not everyone is able to be that brave.
But there are heroes out there. When Daisy Helm was babysitting a 12-year-old girl named Ava, she came across an invitation for an upcoming ‘party’ that the girl was hosting.
On her Twitter account, Daisy shared pictures of the invitation once she took a closer look. It sure wasn’t an ordinary invite, because Ava put together the big event for one reason only.
The fake party was strictly for the tormenters of the girl’s little sister, and the older sibling firmly told them to ‘stop being jerks.’ Straightforward and gutsy, this girl knew she had to stand up for her sister, and she wasn’t going to let these bullies get away with it again.
Once the bullies read the invitation, they must have put all their malicious behavior ‘right in the trash can.’ The garbage men had a big load to haul away that day!
And just in case the young girl’s message to her sister’s bullies wasn’t clear enough on the inside, she even wrote it in 20 other languages on the back! Now, that‘s commitment to ending this disgusting habit of bullying.
It’s a bullying takedown understandable by the entire body of the United Nations. There’s no doubt they would give Ava a big hand if she presented it to them.
While not everyone has the courage to stand up to their bullies so brazenly, there are other ways that people choose to make a difference. For instance, take 15-year-old Hannah Combs.
She was recently talking with her friends and preparing for school in Harker Heights, Texas when a bully came up behind her and drenched her hair in superglue.
The incredibly cruel act by her bully left Hannah with first-degree burns on her scalp and the feeling that her “head was on fire.” She claimed that the feeling was like a “sunburn times ten.” The bully, however, only received an in-school suspension.
Hannah and her family were outraged by the lack of action taken by the school administration in punishing the bully, especially for such a cruel and physical act. They were determined to see changes made.
That’s when her mother decided to start a Facebook page called ‘Justice For Hannah,’ aiming to be a platform for Hannah and others to share their stories and make a difference. And the best part? Hannah got a cool new haircut to boot!
Looking as fresh as ever, Hannah is making the best of her bad experience. In addition to helping others, she has taken charge of her own life and found a purpose. She doesn’t let little people take her down any longer.
The anti-bullying crusade isn’t just happening in the United States either. Schools across Canada are instituting a new policy to help students make friends and feel less alone.
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The Friendship Bench Project Canada is partnering with schools to install ‘Buddy Benches.’ These simple additions to the schoolyard will allow students to defuse harmful social interactions without adult intervention.
These benches provide a key resource for kids who had a brush with a bully, or even for students who are just feeling lonely or left out.
Too often in these cases, the teachers aren’t aware of the viciousness of certain bullies. And most other kids either steer clear because they don’t know how to solve the problem or are afraid of being bullied themselves.
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But with this program, the troubled child can sit on the bench, and within minutes, another student will join them. Together, they can talk about the situation that just unfolded, or even just enjoy each other’s company to brighten their day.
Conversations between students will keep everyone aware of bullies and help soothe the hurt feelings of any victims. On top of that, it’s a great way for kids to break the ice and make new friends!
These are such clever ways of standing up to bullies. Remember: you don’t need to resort to violence when responding to violence.
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