Keep fight­ing the bully cul­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

SADLY when it comes to the topic of bul­ly­ing, ev­ery­one has a story they can tell, or a per­son they know who has had to deal with the pain of be­ing bul­lied.

The MARK Foun­da­tion’s mes­sage of anti-bul­ly­ing takes on an im­por­tant role in Gayndah as a bea­con for the fight against bul­lies and their ac­tions.

After cov­er­ing two of the MARK Foun­da­tion street par­ties I’ve come to re­alise that the com­mu­nity of Gayndah and par­tic­u­larly school stu­dents, take that mes­sage to heart and sup­port the foun­da­tion as best as they can.

We all know the im­pacts of bul­ly­ing and some of us trag­i­cally have had to deal with a loss be­cause of that very is­sue, the fight against bul­ly­ing is not a new one but is one that must be taken up at ev­ery turn.

With the ad­vent of so­cial me­dia and in­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion the av­enues for bul­lies have grown, but so have the out­lets for sup­port and de­fence.

We, as a com­mu­nity, came to­gether on Satur­day to show that we will not tol­er­ate bul­ly­ing, res­i­dents young and old carry the same dis­dain for bul­ly­ing and it has proven to be an is­sue that brings the town to­gether.

We are all shaped by our ex­pe­ri­ences, both good and bad, bul­ly­ing is an ex­pe­ri­ence we can help peo­ple to avoid.

Some­thing as small as a kind smile to stranger on the street has the power to lift their spirit and bet­ter their day, com­pas­sion goes a long way.

–ADAM MCCLEERY

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