Some think that the days of bullying teens are in the past–but all the data says differently. Much of bullying has leaked into the online world, however regular lunchroom bullying is still very much at large.
Recently, a young boy who has experienced bullying first-hand took it upon himself to speak out about it.
“Why do they bully? What’s the point of it?”
Keaton, a young boy, asked his mother to record a video of him after getting in the car from school.
He had asked her to come get him early from school because he was afraid–once again–to eat lunch in the cafeteria. After having milk poured on him and ham shoved into his clothes, he thought to finally say something about it.
In the video, he outlines how they bully him and asks parents to take action on bullying teens:
“They make fun of my nose…call me ugly. They say I have no friends…Why do they bully? What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault…If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you. Stay strong, I guess. It’ll probably get better one day.”
After the video went viral, hundreds sent in their support. Celebrities like Chris Evans, Millie Bobby Brown, and Mark Hamill tweeted words of encouragement to Keaton.
Chris Evans’ tweet read:
“Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”
Unfortunately, bullying teens isn’t uncommon
Keaton’s experience isn’t unusual. He’s not one of the few. Thousands and thousands of teens are bullied. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, between 25-33 percent of students have directly encountered bullying teens.
While awareness of bullying has been steadily increasing, the issue still remains. It continues to permeate school halls–and now social media platforms. Schools not only have to take action, but parents must take action, too. Without spreading the word and educating our children in and outside of school, real change will not happen.
If you believe your son or daughter is struggling with bullying teens or other issues, it’s critical to seek out a professional for further guidance.
blueFire Wilderness is here for your family
blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program for teens. We help teens, ages 11 to 17, grappling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, defiance, and other emotional or behavioral problems.
At blueFire, we strive to help each client find their inner confidence and succeed. We believe that through a balance of self-assessment, insight oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities and academic focus these teens will find their true selves. We provide a supportive opportunity for parents and children to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.
For more information about how we deal with bullying teens at blueFire Wilderness, please call 1 (844) 413-1999 today.