Don’t let the bullies win

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I am tired of this, and exasperated. After the recent suicide of a British Columbia teen over bullying, I have had enough.

What is wrong with the youth of today? In my opinion, they have been given much more than they deserve.

When I was a teen about 25 years ago, we held respect for adults and our peers. The youth of today, it appears, feel that they are owed something in life without doing anything to achieve anything. They feel superior and the boss over everyone.

I work in pediatric health care and am often shocked to see what this generation is getting away with. How often have I heard that this one was bullied into an attempted end to their life because of classmates. When I was that age I was always told that these days are the best of your life.

Don’t get me wrong, everything

wasn’t peachy-keen — typical teenage things occurred: this one didn’t like you because you were the first to have your driver’s licence because your birthday was in March, and you were able to drive yourself to school. Awful things were said, but I am still here.

Why have things gone so far that a life would be lost over bullying? The jealousy shown to me was a form of bullying; perhaps this girls experience the same.

Today’s teens need to have instruction on how they can block out the nasty words — they are only words! They need to think about themselves and understand that this, too, shall pass. This is not your life. It’s a huge obstacle, but you must believe in yourself. Think about the positives — your family and real friends. You are always loved by someone, maybe even a stranger.

Those who bully are jealous, insecure and weak. With the right attitude and strength, this can be overcome. Don’t let bullies win — they don’t deserve it. I feel pity for bullies because they are obviously the way they are because something is lacking in their own lives. We only have one life and should not be wasting it with hate or jealousy. Learn to tolerate one another; you don’t have to love everyone.

Don’t forget that what you say or do can leave a lasting remark, and please make it a positive one. We all need that!


Catherine Dalton

St. John’s

 This letter has been changed at the request of the writer.


Geographic location: British Columbia

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  • Come with it
    October 18, 2012 - 18:08

    No Catherine, when you were a teen twenty-five years ago, your generation was the slackest most good for nothing generation that had the world handed down to them for nothing. Just like the generation that accused you of it when they were teens fifty years ago. Bullying isn't new, social media and news coverage of it are. It's my generation that is getting anything but the world handed down to them for nothing thanks to your generation and the one before it and their reckless environmental and financial practices but I digress because what neither generation has learned to do is stop whining about it on openline, the telegram and facebook and start going into schools and saying "Alright kids, I think you're all a little messed up, so bullying is bad mmmkayyyy you shouldn't bully cause it's bad mmmkaayyyy" Why don't you try that? Volunteer to run some afterschool clubs the schools are always looking for them because teachers already have enough on their plates.