The more Ornery Owl thinks about it, the more she believes the term bullying downplays the truth.
Some people think bullying is a rite of passage.
“If a kid gets bullied, it will toughen him up,” they proclaim.
“Kids need to learn to stand up for themselves.”
“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”
This old truism is patently false.
Words can leave permanent scars on a person’s psyche.
Words can kill.
Let’s stop soft-pedaling. Bullying is abuse.
Dealing with abusers may make a person tough.
They will still have scars on the inside.
Ornery Owl has spoken.