On the Soapbox
My heart is full of sadness today.
Another child been bullied to death.
photo of Asher from the internet
To see a story from ABC News, click HERE.
Just thirteen years old and full of promise.
Bright, creative, sensitive. A capable student who
aspired to have a career in which
he could help others
when he grew up.
A joy to have in class, said one of his teachers
on his last report card.
Slight and short of stature.
unlike the Christian norm at Hamilton Middle School
in Harris, Texas outside Houston.
And also beginning to identify himself as gay.
Pushed down the stairs.
Subjected to repeated intimidation and aggression.
Put a gun to his head when he couldn't take any more.
Bullied to death for being different.
Asher, I'm lighting a candle for you.
And Phoebe Prince.
And Tyler Clementi.
And Seth Walsh.
And Justin Aaberg.
And Billy Lucas.
And all the other kids who were bullied to death,
whose names I don't know.
It's not just a matter of drafting
an anti-bullying policy in the schools
and then looking the other way
when the policy is violated,
claiming you don't know what to do
or who's responsible
or how to handle something
that's such an epidemic.
It's about creating a culture of tolerance and inclusion.
About fostering opportunities for kids
to work collaboratively and build community,
rather than emphasizing competition.
It's about celebrating authenticity
(in adults as well as children)
instead of beating it into the ground.
It's about right action.
It's about teaching compassion.