March 3rd, 2018 9:00am
In the aftermath of the Parkland massacre, everyone took to social media to vent their frustrations. There is much controversy surrounding this incident that one can get lost or confused in the timeline and eyewitness accounts. I'll let that rest here.
Of all the bulletins that poured into my multiple news feeds, I came across one that really stood out. This one was not full of the usual right/left politics, NRA, hate and violence. This comment was directly focused on a problem that is universal and begins at the core issues of school life and what we have been talking about for decades.
The comments are from a concerned man who understands the critical simplicity of a lifetime of bullying, outcasting, chastising and ridicule of students by other students and what it can lead to. It leads to violence on many different levels. We have all either witnessed it or have been complicit in it. You know it and I know it.
The following comments written by Al Bock Jr speak volumes to the underlying issue.
"Often the school shooters are found to be the outcasts, the ones excluded, neglected and bullied. For sure none of them were the "popular" kids. So I've got a suggestion for all those students walking out of school today in protest. How about walking right back in and befriending those students you leave out at recess and never sit with at lunch. Those you laugh at and make snarky remarks about within earshot. Wanna change the climate of your school? Then get your asses back in there and BE NICE TO EVERYONE!"
I'm not saying this is the answer but it can't hurt.
I'm going to leave it at that. Just a bit of humanity during a crisis.
Thanks Al Brock Jr
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