Love’s Bright and Fragile Glow
Jonah Mowry . . .
I made this video August 2011, a few weeks before school was about to start. I was 13. It was a very emotionally confusing and dark time in my life. I made the video at 4:00 am in the morning. I hadn’t been sleeping at night for a long time; I had too many things going on in my head, tearing me up inside. I was dreading going back to school. All I could think about were all the bad things that had been happening at school last year, every year for that matter.
Jonah . . .
“Whats goin on..” is my story, and sadly the story for 1,000s of kids who go through this pain and abuse every day. I was one of the lucky ones and now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hundreds of kids do not and tragically give up. Bullying and Teen suicide is real, and is serious. I hope all that see my video find hope, inspiration and know they are not alone.
Progressive U . . .
One factor that helps bullying to thrive is a lack of supervision. Many victims feel that they have no place to turn–and the tragedy is that in most cases they are right. Debra Pepler, director of the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution at Toronto’s York University studied students in a school-yard situation and found that teachers detect and stop only about 4 percent of bullying incidents.
Some people who claim to be adults also resort to bullying . . .
A workplace bully can be a sharp-tongued boss, or a scheming coworker. They overcontrol, micromanage, and belittle their targets, often in front of others. Bullies rarely recognized their rudeness or apologize for their behavior. They often victimize workers who are capable, loyal, and well liked by their coworkers.
Bullying is a behavior that is often learned in response to stresses in the bully’s world. While bullies give off the appearance of confidence, it is often the case that their actions are driven by insecurities. Harassing and overpowering others gives bullies a sense of superiority, making up for the lack of control in some other part of their lives.
I’ve seen friends hurt too many times, I’ve seen too many innocent people abused too many times by assholes with agendas, I’ve seen the ugliness of it everywhere and I’ve seen the consequences. I’ve seen love’s bright and fragile glow fade from too many innocent eyes, until there’s nothing left in those eyes but pain and fear.
Too many times, there’s nothing but silence in the aftermath of a bullying incident, and that silence like a cancer grows, and in the naked light of expediency, authorities turn their backs on the victims and walk away.
We all have a conscience,
And it speaks,
But some of us aren’t listening to it.