Rick Mercer gave one of his famous rants on the 25th of October about teen suicide. More specifically gay teen suicides. He called on other gays in the media spot light to step forward and be open about being gay. Is this the right approach? In my opinion, it’s a step in the right direction. Everyone needs to step up to the plate help troubled teens with their issues and I mean all teens, not just those who are gay even though they may have more troubles than other teens. School can be difficult as it is with out the added stress of bullies. Kids are growing and changing all the time and they need to know that they have people on their side who can help them through their troubles,what ever those troubles may be because they don’t know everything there is to know yet. Heck, even adults are still learning how to handle situations of their own, but at least they have past experiences to help them through unlike teens.
However, it’s not just adults that need to help troubled teens (again whether they are straight or gay), teenagers need to help their fellow classmates or friends. If they know that one of their friends or school mates is being bullied, whether the one being bullied wants them to or not, they should step forward and tell someone who can help. Sure it’s easier said than done, but it shouldn’t be. Maybe schools could put up a box for anonymous tips about people being bullied in their school. That way the people who report bullying would remain anonymous and wouldn’t be afraid of being bullied themselves for stepping forward. The schools that would do this would probably catch more bullies than ever before because this fear would be taken away. It’s almost the same thing that is done when someone wants to donate blood. After the interviews, the nurse gives you two bar code stickers, one that says “use my blood” and one that says “don’t use my blood”. This is done so that if someone feels that they didn’t answer the interview questions honestly, they can back out with a confrontation with the nurse sitting across from them as all of the questions need to be answered honestly to ensure the quality of the blood being given. They’ll still donate their blood if they pass the other tests done before though. Once the blood is given, the people who take the blood will read the bar code the person chose with a bar code reader and they’ll know whether to throw out the blood or not*. So far that system has worked very well, so why not apply the same sort of thing in schools for bullying.
Kids have enough troubles today without the added pressure of bullying as mentioned earlier. They need some one, anyone that they can turn to for help and guidance. No teen, or adult, should be pushed to the point of committing suicide to escape the world that was so cold to them. Also, no teen should be told ” Suck it up, it’ll be better in the end” because how do they know that’s really what going to happen. There are “bullies”, as in awful people who talk down to or use others, all over the world not just in schools. Instead of telling teens to suck it up, people should say, ” Stand up for your self. I’ll stand with you and we’ll get through this together”. Fortunately, there are people who would do that for others and I thank those who do on behalf of the people they help. However, there needs to be more than just a few people, it needs to be everyone. Not just homosexuals, not just heterosexuals – everyone. As Harvey Fierstein once said:
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
People should be themselves and help those who need help being themselves who are afraid to be because of what others may think. “To thine own self be true” as William Shakespeare once wrote.
First quote found on: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_life3.html#ixzz1dJUBHFHQ
*Link about donating blood in Canada :http://www.hema-quebec.qc.ca/donner/don-de-sang/a-quoi-s-attendre/avant-le-don.en.html