Premier Gordon Campbell, in proclaiming Feb. 25 Anti-Bullying Day, said “all across British Columbia, parents, teachers and students and community members are taking a stand against bullying and saying that no one should ever be made to feel intimidated, afraid or discriminated against.”
Source: The Province
I have to admit, I didn’t see any pink shirts on my (short) trip to work this morning, but I’m hoping and praying that there are many people out there taking up this cause across BC.
Like many young gay men, I was bullied as a teenager. Not a lot, and certainly not as badly as many kids are bullied. I was never physically injured, nor was I overly emotionally affected by it.
In junior high school, just coming of age and living in a new city, this one kid who lived in my neighborhood decided that I was gay (how he knew) and decided to pick on me. Naming names – Kevin McNabb. I’ll never forget him. He teased me with the usual taunts and verbal jabs, calling me all the usual names and generally making life miserable whenever he saw me.
Obviously I’ve gotten past it. I can’t say it was easy and it didn’t make accepting my homosexuality any easier but in the end I think it made me a bit stronger. I had to stand up for myself and learn that words, while harmful, didn’t mean much coming from small people like Kevin.
Kevin if you’re out there, I hope you’ve grown up in the last 25 years, but I doubt you have. I also hope that you didn’t torture too many others along the way.