If you had the opportunity to watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last night, than you were touched just like I was by the story of a 11 year old boy named Carl Walker who took his own life because he was being bullied at school. I couldn’t hold back the tears as his mother Sirdeaner Walker talked about her gifted & loving child and the moments that lead up to his death.
I remember years ago when I was bullied by kids in my neighborhood and at school. I got so tired one day that I took a knife with me to the bus stop so I wouldn’t have to be in fear of one of my bullies anymore. On that particular day he approached me before I made it to my bus and I pulled the knife on him. I knew it was either him or me…I was just feed up. I didn’t think about my future or my family, I was only 12 years old. But thank God, he saw the fire in my eyes and the point of that knife and took off running. After that day he never messed with again, but it shouldn’t have had to go that far.
“Sirdeaner Walker, whose 11-year-old son died by suicide after experiencing bullying in school, has dedicated her life to ending bullying of all kinds, including bullying based on race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or anything else that makes people different”.
We have the power to “Stand Together” against bullying.
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