Is There Any Way to Get Bullying to Stop in Schools?

Miles attempted suicide 6 times after being bullied in school. He said if he could have seen his future life, he would have never tried to hurt himself.

Bullied to the Point of Suicide

MILES' (DALLAS, TX) QUESTION:

Miles (Dallas, TX): In the 5th and 6th grades I went to public school. I was homeschooled before that. My 5th-grade year was good. In my 6th-grade year, I started taking ADHD pills, because I have ADHD and Ritalin, and that just completely messed with my mind. I was wild, crazy, and out of control. For my 7th grade year, the school thought it would be good to stick me in a special ed class, and basically give up on me. A lot of things transpired out of that…a lot of crap that I took from people. And basically, it got to a point, where I’d be in lunch, and I’d have people dumping food on me…right in front of the teachers.

At that point, I was really suicidal. I tried to commit suicide 6 times. And to prevent any kid from going through that crap at all, I’d like to know what advice would you offer to them? How would you help a kid out there who went through the same thing I did?

DAWSON MCALLISTER'S ANSWER:

Dawson: First of all, I’d let him know that he’s not alone. Hopefully, this will make you far more sensitive, kind and loving to people who have been through that, and to people you meet who have been through that. You have a story to tell about your battle with ADHD, etc. Just to be kind and loving and watch out for these kinds of people, to support them – will be a tremendous healing for you. You survived it.

Miles: That’s the whole point. And you’re right. I’m proud that I did. If I could have seen my life as it is now, the way it’s turned out – none of those thoughts would have gone through my head.

I would like to know if there are any ways the public schools could help deal with that? Is there any way they can get it to stop?

Dawson: It’s my opinion that bullies should be kicked out of school and dealt with. It’s random, some schools are very good at this, others are not. Either way, whether they will or they won’t, the good news in your story is you came through it and weathered the storm. You are a transformed person with an awesome future!

There Is Help if You’re Being Bullied

If you’re being bullied or if you still hear the things, they used to say to you in high school, you’re not alone. You are not who they say you are. If you want to talk about it, chat with a HopeCoach. A HopeCoach is ready to listen and help you through this!

If you are being bullied.  You are not alone.  Find out what to do if you are being bullied, how to get help, and how to help a friend in TheHopeLine’s eBook:

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