I listened to Joel Burns this morning deliver a heartfelt speech in honor of suicide victims like Tyler Clementi and Seth Walsh who felt that their only escape from the bullies who were oppressing them was to take their own lives. I heard another news anchor screaming at me through the tv to “shout it from the mountains” after reporting on Zahra Clare Baker, a beautiful ten year old girl who suffered years of abuse from her stepmother before disappearing on Saturday. I thought to myself are we finally waking up to this? Parents, educators, neighbors and by standers are all being encouraged to get involved and report anything that they suspect to be abuse. Have we finally decided to take a stand against abuse instead of just standing by and letting it happen? I think so and I think it’s high time that we did. I think that we are ready to tell all of the abusive parents out there that they are no longer allowed to beat their children into a heap of trembling agony. I think that we are ready to stop allowing the bullies of this world to say hateful things to and against other people. We are sick of the violence and we are sick of what it has done to us.
What an amazing awakening of the human spirit. What a wonderful promise that has been given to future generations. They will be brighter adults and more successful individuals because of our efforts. We are focusing more and more on the educational facets of child rearing. We have studied what it takes to raise smarter children and we have invested a lot of time and effort into it. Now we are stepping up to protect that investment. Now we are stepping in to shut down the bullies and to oppress the oppressors. Laws will be put into place now and zero tolerance will be in the hearts and minds of every red blooded American.
I only wish that this had come sooner. I only wish that I would have had these measures in place when I was a child. I might have become a more successful individual if someone would have stepped in when I was being bullied. I might have developed a better attitude toward life if someone would have “shouted from the mountains” while I was being abused. In the end, I am thankful for the safety of my daughter and for the safety of her daughter’s daughter. I am thankful for Joel Burns and people like him whose hearts and minds harbor the power to change this world into a more beautiful place for our children to grow up in.