Bullying happens EVERY day. In EVERY school and in THOUSANDS of households, public places and most of all – online. Kids are KILLING themselves because they feel so isolated and alone. (Need me to make it more real for you? How about this statistic: Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,470 attempts by young people grades 9-12. This number doesn’t even include the hundreds of attempts by middle school kids EVERY DAY.) Some of these kids are made fun of at school, then again on the bus, then – by their parents or siblings at home. Can you imagine being so young and feeling that you have NOBODY on your side?
Bullying is a very REAL problem and it causes very long-term effects in almost all cases.
PLEASE TALK TO YOUR KIDS. Explain to them how hurtful their words and actions can be – and most importantly, set good examples for them.
Y’all know Kory and I participate in the ride to Sturgis every year, which benefits 3 different children’s charities – one of these is Bikers Against Bullies USA​. Guys, this program is incredible! They are sending bikers, along with their cool motorcycles, into schools all over the country to show kids that you don’t have to bully or make fun of people to be cool. The kids get to hear from someone other than their parents or teachers about the long-term effects of bullying and how some kids are so overwhelmed by criticism that they live every day feeling unwanted and defeated. They are told real stories of how bullying has affected other people and even how being a bully in the past has come back to haunt people when they are older. Sometimes all it takes is reaching ONE kid, who hears the message and takes it to heart – then stands up to let other kids know it’s not cool to be a bully.
I could go on and on about this – it bothers me so much. But the reason I’m writing and posting this today, honestly, is to take advantage of the fact that so many people are finally paying attention to this issue, thanks to this brave little boy. I’m hoping that some of you will read this or watch the video and want to do something about it. If you do – please consider looking into Bikers Against Bullies and contributing to their efforts, either by sharing their page, joining a local chapter, or making a tax-deductible donation.
I’m sharing the link to my fundraising page below in case any of you would like to donate. I know it’s Christmas time and most people do not have a lot of extra money lying around – but nobody is going to judge a $1 donation. Every little bit helps. Guys, I can tell you first hand that as a group we have raised approximately $350,000.00 over the past 3 years and this money is being put to use saving kids all over the country from living a life of being bullied.
NOBODY deserves what this kid is going through.