Chase Louie helps us overcome our bullies

Slick Magazines‘s Chase Louie writes about the bully we’ve all had and how we can overcome the people that hurt us.

Slick Vol.3 Fall 2012

It Gets Better by Chase Louie

Have you ever been bullied? Bullying hurts no matter if it’s a word or a look in the eye. Bullying happens to everyone; it doesn’t matter who you are. You can’t stop it all with the push of a button, but you can help prevent it and support those who are being bullied.

There are plenty of reasons why bullies well… bully. One can be where they come from and their lives out of school. At school you might see them as a typical teen, but at home they could have problems and be terrified to go where they’re supposed to belong, they could have lots of anger built up inside with nowhere to turn and nothing to take it out on. Well school is a place full of people, some even smaller than them. A perfect place to release the tension right? You know that saying, “Don’t judge till you know?” Sure they should know by now not to bully, but why blame them?

When I said everyone gets bulled, it’s true. A good friend of mine, Jonathan Zamora, is my best friend’s older brother. Jonathan was in the anti-bully video I made, with my best friends of course, in Peer Resources in seventh grade here at James Lick. He gave me good words you should listen to, bully or not:

CHASE LOUIE: How did you recover from you bullying experiences?

JONATHAN ZAMORA: Well, socializing for one. I met friends, got into a relationship, etc. It helped me forget the traumatic experiences of the bullying.

CL: Who would be the best person to speak to after you’ve been bullied?

JZ: Well in my experience, I spoke with a mentor or sort of like a big brother or sister: an adult who had experienced more in life. Those are the best people to go to for advice or problems.

CL: What do you want to say to all the bullies in our schools?

JZ: Look at the ones who are being bullied by you. Imagine how they will treat you twenty years from now.

Remember when I talked about how you could help prevent bullying or support those who are also being bullied? You could give them this pointer from Adam Lambert from the anti-bullying video “It Gets Better:”

“Remember that it gets better. It seems hard. You know I think being different is always going to be a tough climb. There’s always going to be people that are scared of it. But at the end of the day you give those bullies, those people that are so ignorant, if you give them the power to affect you, you’re letting them win. And they don’t deserve that. What you’re doing by being yourself is you’re keeping it real, and you’re being really brave.”

I believe that bullying is a big issue that needs to be fixed. Bullying makes people afraid to be who they really are. Imagine a life where we were all happy, happy about ourselves. Sounds like an awesome place to live in right? AO we should fix it, no matter how long it takes.

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