I am against this wear purple day. Why? Because they are targeting just section of the population that is been bullied. I looked up some info on bullying and it turns out that in some states if your are been bullied because of your sexual/gender orientation there are laws against. Even on this states where sexual/gender orientation bullying is not allowed by law. Still on some of those states you can go bully any other kid because you don't like them, that in fact it is allowed cause there are no laws against it. Sadly there are even other states [the majority] there are no laws against any kind bullying at all.
This is why I don't believe in the wear purple only because six gay kids/guys were bullied and killed themselves. Careful I am not saying I am happy it happen cause I am not. I do believe the people responsible for this actions should pay. But I also believe the rest of the people affected by this are been left out. And that is not fair.
I was bullied in school too for many different reasons [religion, been fat, not been popular, been middle class and or just because I went to a private school and so on]. Yes I cried. I suffered. I spent many times alone I was a ghost in school. We should just take more acknowledged on the actual act of bullying and work that out. It haves many forms and some kids find it so normal that they don't even notice they are been bullied or have become a bully. You see it on TV and on internet everyday portrayed like something cool, normal, funny and even OK to do. They see it like well kids are just like that. Fact is that people now days are more harsh, rude and have no respect to others or mercy. School/college/work can be hell for some people just because of this act. Parents/families should demand more legal actions towards this issue in general and make it something punishable by law.
It is sad that this 6 kids had to kill themselves so people can actually pay some kind of attention to the real deal and consequences behind bullying. There are thousands of victims that commit suicide because of this act not only in US but around the world. Remember them too. So work on ending all types of bullying after this wear purple day is over. Call out the people doing this. Parents talk to your kids. Get to KNOW your kids. They will show signs that they are been bullied or act as a bully in many occasion when they are home. Let them know that it is NOT a normal or OK thing to do and not a thing they should vaguely accept as a normal conduct from others.
Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.
Bullying behavior may include name calling, verbal or written abuse, exclusion from activities, exclusion from social situations, physical abuse, or coercion. Bullies may behave this way to be perceived as popular or tough or to get attention. They may bully out of jealousy or be acting out because they themselves are bullied.
USA National Center for Education Statistics suggests that bullying can be broken into two categories: Direct bullying, and indirect bullying which is also known as social aggression.
Direct bullying involves a great deal of physical aggression such as shoving and poking, throwing things, slapping, choking, punching and kicking, beating, stabbing, pulling hair, scratching, biting, scraping and pinching.
Social aggression or indirect bullying is characterized by threatening the victim into social isolation. This isolation is achieved through a wide variety of techniques, including spreading gossip, refusing to socialize with the victim, bullying other people who wish to socialize with the victim, and criticizing the victim's manner of dress and other socially-significant markers (including the victim's race, religion, disability, etc). Other forms of indirect bullying which are more subtle and more likely to be verbal, such as name calling, the silent treatment, arguing others into submission, manipulation, gossip/false gossip, lies, rumors/false rumors, staring, giggling, laughing at the victim, saying certain words that trigger a reaction from a past event, and mocking. The children's charity Act Against Bullying was set up in 2003 to help children who were victims of this type of bullying by researching and publishing coping skills.
Some states in the United States have implemented laws to address school bullying. Law prohibits bullying of students based on sexual orientation and gender identity; bullying for other reasons is allowed Law prohibits bullying of students based on sexual orientation only; bullying for other reasons is allowed School regulation or ethical code for teachers that address bullying of students based on sexual orientation Law prohibits bullying in school but lists no specific categories of protection No statewide law that specifically prohibits bullying in schools