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BULLYING HAPPENS

Kristen O’Connor & Emily Acker

People are not always aware of bullying because they don’t see it happening. Yet, in my school, students were bullied on the bus, in the halls, in the middle of class, and at lunch. Victims of bullying usually do not talk about it; but I do, and speaking up has made me a stronger person. I have developed a zero tolerance for bullying. Whenever I see someone being made fun of, I have no problem speaking to the bully. When I was bullied, all I wanted was for someone to speak up for me. Now I act as a voice for the victims.

What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Matthew 10:27 (NRSV)

If you see someone being bullied, speak up or tell someone who can help. Even if you never see bullying happen, being aware that it does and praying for the victims can make a huge difference.

—Kristen O’Connor, 20

 


COUNTERACT BULLYING:
What can you do? Befriend the lonely, stand up for the weak, comfort the hurting, offer love to those you encounter. With love and hope, you can help both bullies and their victims. You can be an example of good character and bring peace to the world around you.

Pray: God, help us to counteract bullying. Let us shine forth your love so that everyone we meet is positively affected. Amen.

—Emily Acker

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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