For once Facebook isn't to blame for a youth being targeted by a bully.
What lessons do we learn by hearing about 100 Facebook users rallying behind a boy because he had no friends?
Halsey Parkerson, a South Salem, high school junior was pretty surprised when 50 cars showed up at his school to STAND UP for him against a local bully.
When kids don’t have friends at school, it’s a lonely existence. When they’re bullied, it’s even a more difficult existence. The taunting can be so painful.
Parkerson’s aunt knew he didn’t have any friends at school and she reached out to a car club on Facebook and asked people to show up at her nephew’s school at lunch time.
Not only did the 50 cars of two show up for lunch at school, they showed up with a KATU camera crew to show support for Parkerson.
Suddenly, the tables turned because the unnamed bully offered Parkerson a high-five and an apology.
1 out of 4 kids are bullied. Depending on their ages, up to 43% of kids are harassed online. 9 out of 10 LGBT kid are harassed every day.
CNN reported that a day after an Illinois high school showed students a video on bullying a student committed suicide. The first day of this school year a Greenwich, CT student took his life as a result of seven years of being bullied.These are just two of the many tragedies that occurred due to students being bullied.
It’s a problem. And it’s up to up to everyone to help our youth. Since Friday, Parkerson said he has received an outpouring of support. On his Facebook page, he wrote:
“Thanks to everyone who was there with me and my family thanks also to the ones who could not make it by all you making a difference,” he wrote. “I truly mean it I’m tearing up thanks guys for standing up with me and helping me make a difference!!”
Parkerson said that while he’s grateful for the incredible show up support, he realizes it was not about him specifically. Rather, it was a public display meant to encourage anyone who is being bullied to seek out support.
"If you're being bullied, stand up and express yourself," Parkerson said. "This is one glorious day."
So if you know someone who is being bullied, be part of the solution – not the problem! STAND UP for others. It’s the right thing to do!
Let's all join together ...tell your friends ...tell everyone to STAND UP! Just look what it did for Halsey Parkerson!
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