Generations Against Bullying got its name from the idea that bullying did not begin in the current generation of students, and it likely won’t end with this generation, either.
But that does not mean that we are not working to reduce the frequency and impact of bullying every day.
“The scars from bullying last a lifetime”
Scars left on Ashley Bunge’s body from suicide attempts are there because of bullying.
“I prayed every night when I went to sleep to not wake up, I woke up every day angry that I was alive.”
Bullying drove her to the suicide attempts.
“I’ve been to rock bottom and anything after that’s up.”
Now, she calls life precious. Her turning point came when she discovered GAB; she now works with us providing her graphic design skills to GAB print materials and more.
“I have a purpose now”
She also hopes to help others who face bullying.
The message is that witnesses to bullying should intervene.
If a witness steps in and asks a bully to stop his or her abuse, the situation will end within ten seconds more than 50 percent of the time, according to stopbullying.gov.
Don’t walk away or shy away.
Please, as a bystander you can get involved in a non-threatening way.
Nearly 30 percent of students in grades six through twelve are bullied, according to stopbullying.gov.