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Off the Record

Jump on the anti-bully bandwagon

In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, along with other recent events, there have been spikes in certain national conversations. But I think among those conversations some issues are being lost.

With the topic of gun control running rampant, I'm not convinced as a nation that we're giving other important issues an adequate look.

Bullying in schools is sometimes seen as less important and is unfortunately pushed to the side, or even deemed a non-issue.

Sadly, bullying is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and something that is often seen as "kids just being kids."

It's not true.

Bullying can be attributed to more than 160,000 students missing school on a daily basis across the nation.

Some school shooting tragedies are directly related to a student "having enough" of the bullies and the feeling of being an outcast. In other instances, bullied students have committed suicide or made other attempts to harm themselves.

It's a serious issue, and it's being overlooked.

One person that isn't overlooking the issue is First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama nationally champions a website completely devoted to ending bullying in our schools, www.stopbullying.gov.

Another person, who many look up to, has gotten on this bandwagon to help end this senseless, harmful act. Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta lead the Born This Way Foundation, which was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society. The organization also makes it its mission to create a society where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The organization was founded with the dedication to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world.

Long story short...get on that bandwagon, too.

Even one of my favorite television shows, Glee, full of satirical comedy addressed the issue of bullying.

Two of its meanest characters decided to put their bullying ways aside and start a coalition called, "the bully whips."

Though impractical as this attempt to stop bullying may be in the real world, I implore you to get on this bandwagon.

Let's teach our children to celebrate one another, not tear each other down. I like the idea of a kinder, braver world.

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