Today closes out an international anti-bullying campaign. In schools across our city, kids are shown videos, encouraged to act out skits, and generally work hard not to roll their eyes as they’re told over and over again that bullying is bad — don’t be a bully.
None of it, in my opinion, truly prepares the teachers or the students for how to effectively deal with kids who are bullying and kids who are being bullied. I wish I knew the answers; all I know is that what we’re doing so far isn’t working. But it’s a start.
Let’s keep looking for the answers and working on this complex societal issue. Because everyone deserves to live in a world where their true colors are celebrated.