A Confession Booth Full of Bullying Tales

A Confession Booth Full of Bullying Tales Picture

Were you ever bullied as a young child or teenager? The wounding words of cruel children can haunt a sensitive soul for years; I know this because I was singled out for a few years during middle school. To this day, I still refuse to cut my hair short, and I will occasionally cover my “Julia Robert’s Smile” when laughing too hard. Old habits die hard, and no matter if it is minor or major, the results of bullying are damaging. Too many news reports have surfaced lately surrounding youths’ suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts and successes, all due to bullying.

The CBC News Network show Connect with Mark Kelley encouraged students at both Hadley Junior High School and Philemon Wright High School, in Gatineau, Quebec, to share their personal bullying experiences in a video confession booth.

Kelley said, “It was raw, honest, and revealing – intimate stories that gave us an insight into the depths of bullying, the impact on their lives and the consequences they still carry with them.”

More than 150 students, victims and perpetrators, recorded personal reflections in this booth.  One student mentioned the “torment of being bullied made her suicidal”; another student confessed to taking “three showers a day in a futile attempt to appease classmates who jokingly insisted – day in, day out – that she smelled.”

A full-length documentary will air on CBC-TV on June 3.

I survived middle school because I had loving parents to remind me – day in, day out – that only I could establish or diminish my self-worth. My parents told me that those kids were jealous of my curls, wished their smiles could match mine, and that, someday, those kids would pay a lot of money for their hair and teeth to look exactly as mine naturally did. My parents were right; but I still cried almost every day for four years.

As parents, it is our jobs to protect, provide, nurture, love, and support our children. The news stories about bullying are getting worse and worse. If your children are the victims, it is your collective jobs to mend their hearts and build their esteem. If your children are the bullies, it is your collective jobs to lead by example and stop their behavior.

Were you bullied? If you were, who helped you through the bad days, and how did they do it?

As a parent, what are you doing now to teach your child right from wrong concerning this topic?

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A Confession Booth Full of Bullying Tales

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Kristin says:

    I was bullied both at school and at home until after I turned 16 and moved out of my dad’s house and went to live with mom until I graduated. My dad never did anything personally but he also never stopped the woman he married from being abusive. School bullies were nothing compared to her but it still hurt. I learned a lot fast and had to grow up quick but I turned all the negative around as often as I could and I hope I can help my kids if they ever get bullied and you better believe I WILL make a stand against anyone bullying my kids. I still have nightmares occasionally about certain incidents and I don’t want my kids to EVER have to go through all that

  2. torresh says:

    I was bullied by a girl in junior high, I had no idea why she would pick on me other than she liked the attention she got. It made me so self conscious about myself. Luckily I had a family counselor I could talk with about these occurances (who also worked at a high school). After my last year in junior high I got a scholarship to my high school I prayed that she went to a different high school, I would have nightmares about her and all the mean things she would say and how that made me feel. My parents didn’t really understand what was going on and it was hard to talk to them. So anyway, low and behold I stared high school the next year and yup she was there also. The good news is that I had found out through talking with friends that I was not the only one this girl was doing this too. The weirdest part was that in high school I grew into my looks and got my braces off and she started be nicer to me and she acted like she was never mean to me. When my children come to me and tell me they are being bullied I would probably go to the school to stop the problem directly and maybe talk to the parent direct….. it adds so much more stress on the child when they cannot focus on learning beacuse of being bullied.

  3. I was bullied when I was in middle/high school, back in my country, some guys used to call me coconut hair, that made me fell terrible, but I had so many other friends that defend me from those not so nice ones and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me…

  4. nicole says:

    It’s sad that this has to happen.

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