Hillary Clinton To Bullies: You Don’t Really Want To Keep Doing This
6:15 pm, May 4th | by Laura Donovan
Ever since the nation saw a spate of bully-influenced suicides in 2010, public figures and politicians alike have come out to support victims of harassment and remind these poor kids that life really does improve overtime. It’s no shock that political It Girl Hillary Clinton would put out an anti-bullying PSA of her own, but she takes a different approach in her video by actually addressing the meanies straight up rather than simply reassuring viewers that bullying doesn’t last forever.
“If you’re the bully, if you’re bullying someone else, please take a hard look at your actions and the pain you’ve caused,” Clinton said after first directing her attention to those who get teased. “I don’t think you want to keep doing that because whether it’s physical, emotional, or social, bullying is wrong and we can all contribute to more tolerant, supportive environments, and to stamping out bullying wherever it happens.”
If 13 million children are being bullied every year, that means there are millions of bullies out there too, so Clinton’s unique move was a necessary change of pace from the “It Get’s Better” campaign and the like. Bullied kids need to know they’ll be happier someday, but bullies must be informed that what they’re doing is toxic and scarring — and they’re more likely to take the advice to heart if it’s delivered in a helpful manner as opposed to an accusatory one.