Over the past year, we’ve been able to read the insightful views of our guest writer for the Anti-Bullying series, Madison McDermott. I cannot tell you how very proud of this young lady I am. She is such an awesome and wise human being, a caring soul, and over all lovely person to be around… a beautiful spirit. I look forward to being able to continue to celebrate her accomplishments with her and her family in years to come. Keep an eye on Madison, world! She’s going to do amazing things.
Thank you for agreeing to share your thoughts with us on this important topic over the past year Madison.
The Final Chapter
For the past year, I have written a piece every month supporting the anti-bully movement. As the year comes to an end, there is no doubt that I will continue to support this movement. When contributing to putting an end to bullying, your job is never over. It’s something that you do your whole life. I’m not going to just write a couple of blogs, say I’ve done my part and stop. I will always stand up against bullying for as long as I live.
When I look back over the last year at everything I’ve written it saddens me to see the reality of so many different types of bullying. Frankly, none of them are better or easier to deal with than the other. To name a couple of types, there’s cyber bullying, emotional bullying and physical bullying. It’s important to remember that bullying happens to everyone; males, females, children, teens and even adults. Bullying has turned into a pandemic and we need to put an end to it.
Today’s society makes people feel like they have to be a certain way to fit into a certain standard or group. They label everything that they see. People, especially young adults, often feel pressured to be someone they’re not. Bullies will make fun of people who are “different” or “weird” and it’s not okay. Whoever the person being bullied is, will purposefully not be themselves because they don’t want to be picked on. It needs to be stopped and soon. People need to learn that it’s okay to be yourself because you are wonderful and amazing in every way possible.
Bullying has serious side effects. It can lead to such things as self-harm, suicide, different forms of anxiety and many other things. A lot of mental and emotional issues come from bullying. Kids think that it’s all in fun or it doesn’t matter at the end of the day, well they’re wrong. It’s something that sticks with you for a long time.
I hope that, through this blog, I have helped at least one person out there in some way or another. I want to thank Mrs. Gigi for asking me to be a guest on her blog and for making me feel like I have a voice. I love to write because it’s a therapeutic way for me to express myself and voice my opinions. I loved being able to share my pieces and reading the comments they got. So, thank you again to everyone involved and I hope that you will help me, help others in the movement to end bullying.
“What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?” ― Lynette Mather
Madison McDermott is a 13 year old actress, living her dream in Los Angeles, CA. A naturally creative type, she also loves writing, drawing, and has an innate love of music. She is an 8thgrader at California Pacific Charter Schools, a virtual school that allows her flexibility for her busy schedule. In her free time, she is also a volunteer for the LA based organization, Beyond Bullies (www.beyondbullies.org). Madison is extremely passionate about the anti-bullying movement and is using her creativity to bring attention to bullying as well as helping those who are being bullied.