ANTI-BULLYING GROUP HOSTS EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS, SPREAD KINDNESS
Bama Against Bullying teamed up with Next Level Church Tuscaloosa to host No Bullying 2020 on Friday night. People recounted their experiences with bullying, how they overcame it and are trying to stop it from happening to anyone else.
According to Bama Against Bullying, nearly 1 in 5 students report being bullied during the school year, which means it impacts over 5 million youth annually. Over 160 thousand kids refuse to go to school each day for fear of being bullied.
Barbie Perry, founder of Bama Against Bullying, said bullying is an epidemic that not many people are aware of.
“This is real and it’s happening in our school systems and happening in our state,” Perry said. “We really need to be serious about it and realize it and do something more about it.”
It is often assumed that bullying only happens to young people, but people of all ages are impacted by it.
“If you’re happy with yourself, you have no reason to bring somebody else down, we’re here to lift each other up as individuals and to build them up to take them to the next level, not pull them down,” speaker Samantha Robichaud said. “It’s a jealousy, it’s an insecurity, it’s a something within yourself, so you need to check yourself before you go and check somebody else.”
People can think they’re the only ones going through it, and while the circumstance may be different, the hurt is still the same, but help is out there and you can speak up and speak out.