How I Know That People Aren’t Taking This Seriously
I’ve been trying to write this one for over a week. Obviously, other things took precedence. I had alluded, in an earlier post, that I had just learned beyond a shadow of a doubt that the epidemic we’re seeing of bullying and bully-related teen suicides wasn’t being taken seriously and that I would explain “…in my next entry.” Well, then all hell broke loose last week, with an explosion of 6 teen suicides in a 48 hour period, and this one got put on the back burner.
So, what happened to assure me that it’s not being taken seriously? I grew tired of waiting for the movie, Bully, to come to a theater near me here in Maryland, so I started checking around to see where I could go to see it. What I found was discouraging, to say the least. In the county I live in here in Maryland, the movie is playing atone theater, AND it plays one time per day! That angered me. Once I got to the theater, that anger was fused with discouragement. With a movie of this magnitude being shown in one theater one time per day, one would think that the theater would be packed. Nope. Including myself and Marty, there were SIX people viewing the movie.
What I came away with was the reality that, whereas there are obviously those of us who DO care about what’s going on, quite obviously there aren’t enough people who really give a damn. And, that in itself gives partial explanation as to why it’s easy to get the feeling that not enough is being done. I came away with the attitude of “not enough is being done because not enough people care!!”
How do we change the general apathy that right now permeates our society as it pertains to bullying and bully-related teen suicides? I wish I could answer that. I can’t.
- The story of Alex Libby is woven throughout the movie.
- Kelby Johnson, a 16-year-old openly lesbian, was completely outcast by her school
- Ja’Meya Jackson was incarcerated for brandishing a gun on a school bus after being relentlessly bullied
- Ty Smalley ended his life because of bullying, as did
- Tyler Long
Written by Ron Kemp
May 17, 2012 at 5:09 am