Yom Kippur thoughts

September 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

“Who can say “I have purified my heart, I am free of sin?
There is  no man on earth so righteous that he never sins!”
Cast away the  evil you have done and get yourself a new heart and a new spirit.”  ~ Proverbs 20:9

Today is Yom Kippur, the day within the Jewish Religion to Atone for ALL of MY sins that I have committed throughout the year but there are a lot of other thoughts going through my mind today.

Four teenage students committed suicide in one week, in our county.  I have heard from some, “Oh Bullying is BS” and “they weren’t strong enough to deal with their life and they took the easy way out.”  Committing suicide is the easy way out?  I have no words for that all I can say is that I am flabbergasted. 

 It takes me back to my time in elementary school where I was bullied and harassed on a daily basis and was told by school admins to ignore it and it will stop or that I brought it on myself and yes, I tried to commit suicide (have the scars to prove it too.) I am here by the grace of G-d and grateful that I am still alive to live my life and help others.   I am however quite troubled by the lack of empathy of some teachers, parents and law enforcement.  I don’t understand how a police department can say that bullying had NOTHING to do with these children’s suicides when people who were a part of their everyday lives are saying they were bullied on a daily basis. 

No matter who you are or what your beliefs are, bullying is WRONG and unfair.  The problem that I have now is that it’s not only kids and teenagers who do this.  I see and deal with plenty of adults who do it as well.  Aren’t our children supposed to learn by example?  What kind of example are some setting when they as adults are bullying classmates, co-workers, peers etc.? 

I watch my daughter and her friends on a daily basis go through their trials and tribulations.  My own child has had her own issues in elementary and middle school but luckily we were able to remove her from that situation and get her into a different school where things did change for the better.  That’s not always the case but it should always be an option. 

 My question is when does it stop?  When are people going to stop and say what if that were me or my family member? 



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