I was recently asked if I would give a talk to a group middle schoolers about bullying. That’s what I was told. That’s it. “About bullying.” Yikes. Where does one even start?
I then found out I’m not only giving this presentation to a small class of middle schoolers, but 300 twelve and thirteen year olds. Um… that’s a lot of impressionable young children. And I’m terrified.
What do I talk about? What’s my message? How do I reach them without them thinking I’m an uncool, old person? Which, is pretty accurate, but nonetheless they can’t know that.
That’s why I’m turning to you. You’ve been bullied. I know it, because we all have. And, sadly, we’ve all bullied others. I need to hear these stories. How did you overcome being bullied? What made you stop bullying? Have you done this before – given a talk against bullying?
I’m not just asking for your help, I’m literally begging you.
Feel free to share your stories in the comments section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, tweet at me @MariaLynnAbbe. Or, direct message me on Instagram: runningmyselftogether. Whatever floats your boat.
Help me help the children. Or, do it to make recompense for that guilt you’re still carrying around from bullying Tommy in the cafeteria in the 4th grade.
And, no, I’m not bullying you into doing this… okay, maybe just a little bit.
Thank you for your help!