For the past couple of days, I’ve heard the term “survivor of bullying” tossed around in the media and general conversations. This term seems really silly to me, I mean the majority of people are “survivors of bullying,” at least the majority that I know. Everyone I know was bullied at some point in their lives, whether as a youth or even as an adult. But we turned to the resources around us and got through it, perhaps even stronger for it.
I have all the sympathy in the world for people who think there is no other solution to bullying than taking their own lives. Hell, I was friends with someone who did it when we were 14. What I don’t have sympathy for is the “survivors” who are using a young girl’s tragedy to further themselves, to get in the media, to be the spokespeople for the anti-bullying campaign. Each one of us who has lived through junior high, high school, university or even a job can be a spokesperson against bullying. I think we need to stop classifying everyone as a victim and focus on helping people get through the tough times when they think there is no where else to turn.