Bullies

Dear bullies,

See that boy doing his homework in homeroom?

Last night he Talked his friend out of suicide.

See that girl you just called fat?

She is starving herself.

See that old man you made fun of cause of the ugly scars?

He fought for our country.

See that young boy you must made fun of for always being sick?

He has to walk home in the snow cause his family is too poor.

See that girl you made fun of for wearing lots of make-up?

You bullied her for being ugly without it too.

staff

Today is #SpiritDay.
Did you know 82% of students report being verbally harassed in school because of their sexual orientation?
Did you know 64% of students report being verbally harassed in school because of their gender identity?
People all over the world wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth. Started on Tumblr and observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.
Getting involved is easy: just wear purple on October 17th and turn your blogs, Facebook and Twitter profile pics purple using the app for iPhone and Android to help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Upload photos of you wearing purple with the hashtag #SpiritDay to Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+!
Get more graphics, apps, and ways to take action to stand up to bullying at http://glaad.org/spiritday

Today is #SpiritDay.

Did you know 82% of students report being verbally harassed in school because of their sexual orientation?

Did you know 64% of students report being verbally harassed in school because of their gender identity?

People all over the world wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth. Started on Tumblr and observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.

Getting involved is easy: just wear purple on October 17th and turn your blogs, Facebook and Twitter profile pics purple using the app for iPhone and Android to help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Upload photos of you wearing purple with the hashtag #SpiritDay to Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+!

Get more graphics, apps, and ways to take action to stand up to bullying at http://glaad.org/spiritday

peacecorps

peacecorps:

"I think their favorite part of the tour though was playing on the beach because many of them had never seen the ocean before.”

A group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia recently came together in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization to lead a week-long educational tour of the country for 40 at-risk youth. The tour is an annual initiative led by Peace Corps Namibia’s diversity committee aimed at providing orphans and marginalized youth — many of whom have never traveled outside of their own community — with the opportunity to explore Namibia, develop a respect and appreciation for other local cultures, and build healthy lifestyle and leadership skills. 

In memory of the Colombian students we lost

Mummy…Johnny brought a gun to school
He told his friends that it was cool
And when he pulled the trigger back
It shot with a great crack
Mummy I was a good girl
I did what I was told
I went to school, I got straight A’s, I even got the gold
But mummy when I went to school that day, I never said goodbye
I’m sorry mummy I had to go, but mommy please don’t cry
When Johnny shot the gun he hit me and another
And all because he got the gun from his older brother
Mummy please tell daddy that I love him very much
And please tell Chris, my boyfriend, that it wasn’t just a crush
And tell my little sister that she is the only one now
And tell my dear sweet grandmother that I’ll be waiting for her now
And tell my wonderful friends that they were always the best
Mummy I’m not the first I’m no better than the rest
Mummy tell my teachers I won’t show up for class
And never to forget this and please don’t let this pass
Mummy why’d it have to be me no one deserves this
Mummy warn the others, mummy I left without a kiss
And mummy tell the doctors I know they really did try
I think I even saw a doctor trying not to cry
Mummy I’m slowly dying with a bullet in my chest
But mummy please remember I’m in heaven with the rest
Mummy I ran as fast as I could when I heard that crack
Mummy listen to me if you would
I wanted to go to college
I wanted to try things that were new
I guess I’m not going with daddy
On that trip to the new zoo
I wanted to get married
I wanted to have a kid
I wanted to be an actress
Mummy I wanted to live
But mummy I must go now
The time is getting late
Mummy tell my Chris
I’m sorry but I had to cancel the date
I love you mummy I always have
I know you know it’s true
Mummy all I wanted to say is “mummy I love you”
In memory of the Colombian students that were lost
Please if you would
Pass this around
I’d be happy if you could
Don’t smash this on the ground
If you pass this on
Maybe people will cry
Just keep this in you’re heart
For the people that didn’t get to say “goodbye”