‘It’s No Longer Good Enough to Tell Kids It Gets Better. CALL THE COPS ON BULLIES’
When we caught Rick Mercer’s incredible rant about bullying and the need for gay politicians and professionals to get the F out of the closet and set a positive example for the wave of young LGBT people who are contemplating suicide, we thought it would make an excellent companion piece the next time a high profile story about bullying came up (which hopefully, would not for quite some time).
It took less than a day for said bullying story to make news. The brutal attack of a gay Ohio high school student by a homophobic bully was caught on video, and is now making the rounds online. The bully’s punishment for breaking his victim’s teeth, giving him a concussion and beating him into a limp puddle? A paltry three day suspension.
Which brings us back to Rick, discussing another gay teen that was bullied into taking his own life, Jamie Hubley.
“Because this story is all too familiar, we know exactly what’s gonna happen next. Grief counselors will go into the school, as they should. But what about the old fashioned assembly? You know, where the cops show up and there’s hell to pay, and they find out who’s responsible. You know, like when the lunchroom is vandalized. Because the kids who bullied this boy, they know who they are. And more importantly, other kids know who they are.
It’s no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it’s gonna get better. We have to make it better now. That’s every single one of us. Every teacher. Every student. Every adult needs to step up to the plate. ”
He goes on an on. If Rick’s words don’t touch you, if they don’t piss you off, then we don’t know what will. This video is officially required viewing for everyone on the planet. Get to sharing. Now.