Simone Elkeles has shared her words on bullying today. When I first read her post, I found myself rooting for her! Standing up to people isn't easy, but sometimes it's just what nees to be done! She has also donated a copy of a super fab poster that I think you might be interested in!!
First of all, thank you so much for inviting me to participate in your blog’s celebration of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.
There’s almost nothing I hate more than bullying. My entire life, I’ve always rooted for the underdog, whether we’re talking about football (which I love!) or social status. I was always very outgoing, so I was popular in middle school and high school. I know it wasn’t that way for everyone and I felt bad for the kids who were picked on. When I was in school, if I saw someone being bullied, I always tried to make friends with them.
One time, when I was in 8th grade, I saw a 7th grader being bullied by one of my classmates. I walked over and told the girl that if she didn’t leave the other girl alone, I was going to kick her a**! I must have scared the crap out of her because she apologized right away and never did it again. Listen…Thank goodness she didn’t know that I had never (and still haven’t) been in a fight in my life! I don’t know what I would have done if she’d taken me up on my offer of a fight!
I definitely don’t condone fighting as a response to bullying, but I DO think you should stand up for yourself and for others. That might mean just telling the bully to stop, or it might mean getting a parent, teacher, or authority figure involved. No matter what, if you see someone being bullied, make friends with them. Make sure they know they are not alone. You never know when the tables might be turned and you’ll be the one needing a friend.
Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.
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