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Nurture children, head off bullies for better place for all

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Recently, a program aired on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” about a family who lost a 10-year-old child to suicide related to bullying.

The family has started an organization called, “Stand Together.”

That’s a great idea but I hope it will be more than a slogan. I hope that all reasonable people will take it to heart and actually stand up for another human being if they witness behavior which they know is wrong.

When we see another person being bullied, intimidated, or harassed, we should do something!

Let’s start with our children.

I have instructed mine to physically move their feet next to the child being bullied and maybe even give them a hug.

There is safety in numbers. I believe that could make a real difference.

I think it would be great if a bunch of kids would stand with another child and stop a bully.

Now let’s talk about the bully. They are people too. How does an innocent baby become a monster?

Most bullies are probably victims themselves. Just imagine being 10 years old and a lot bigger than most of the kids your age.

Now imagine going home every day in a place where you are supposed to feel safe and being threatened, berated and called all sorts of awful names. What if you go to school and, on a regular basis,  a certain teacher chooses you, as an example of what not to do?

Children are like a bag of seeds without a label. We have to make a choice to either nurture them and hope for the best, or cast them by the wayside and let them fend for themselves.

You might get a beautiful flower either way but you will get more beautiful flowers if you plant them in the sunshine, protect them from the bad plants and water them with love and affection.

Bullies are not always children. They can be relatives, acquaintances, or even teachers. As an adult, I have even witnessed it in the workplace.

The bottom line is, we are not animals, we are human beings and survival of the fittest does not apply to us.

Yes, bigger stronger people make better athletes. Smart people might earn more money than the rest of us.

If we all used our God-given talents to build each other up, instead of tearing each other down, we could make the world a better place for all of us.

Fritz Stevens
Harriman