Nov 09, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
Why are we telling these kids that are being bullied to "stick it out" and that "it gets better". Why aren't we telling them to just not go to school? That if it's dangerous to them, that they don't have to go. That they have the right to not enter an environment that is emotionally, physically, or mentally abusive to them. I swear sometimes we make it seem like we have no choice when it comes to school, that it is the ultimate authority if you're a child or teen and that you're rights are all null if you are of that age. I think it could've helped these kids who committed suicide to know they had a choice, they can choose not to go if its harmful to them. Yes learning and education is important and it's important to keep your opportunities open, but what is far more important is you're safety and wellbeing and that is number one. If you're in harm now, then what good is it worry about your future employment opportunities if you may not even be around to use them. I think the It Gets Better Project is a good idea but to me it's still saying "You don't have a choice but to endure this". I think we need to remind kids they have rights and they have a choice when it comes to choosing their environments and they deserve to be in environments that are safe for them.