To Be a Victim

I live near the are where the Franklin Regional stabbings happened. I feel for the kids who were hurt and their families. But I also feel kind of bad for the boy who did it. Since I was once bullied myself, I got the idea to write about certain situations I and many of friends went through or just random incidents. The consequences are great if a bullying situation is not handled properly. Please if you see someone being bullied, in or out of school, tell someone!


8. Sexual Preferences

I am not gay, but I support those who are!

I think if you want to love another person of the same sex, I think it is perfectly alright! It is your decision and not someone else's. Especially the government!

In 1776 there was a very important document written by our third president, Thomas Jefferson, that states that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The pursuit of happiness...

I just keep repeating that in my head and wonder. I just wonder. I wonder why it is unacceptable and seen as a bad thing for someone to be gay. If someone finds happiness with another man or another woman, they should be able to have the same rights as a straight person.

I know back in the 1700's people really couldn't be gay. They had to have a large family with a lot of children since so many people died so easily back then. You could die from a common cold.

But there is one thing I heard about the revolution: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben was gay and went to America to hide it. As many of you may or may not know, von Steuben was a Prussian Captain who helped the Americans during the Winter at Valley Forge. If that is true, I feel terrible that he had to hide it unlike people like today who are able to embrace it.

Let me stop my history lesson and go on...

The government recognizes African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants but not homosexuals.

But thanks to protest, 19 states [including Pennsylvania!] legalized gay marriage!

Now, some of you may be wondering why I support gay marriage but I'm not gay. Well that goes back two generations in my family. 

My grandfather's brother was gay. It doesn't sound bad so far but wait for it. My great grandfather hated anyone who was African, native American, and especially gays. So he shunned my great uncle and swore he would never talk to his own son ever again.

My uncle lived a life of separation with his partner. He died knowing he was never wanted or loved by anyone in his family. Sadly, my grandfather took after his father and hated people different from him.

That is why I think the way I think.

Now what does gay marriage have to do with bullying? A lot more than you think.

My friend cheers for a competitive team and it is a mixed gender team. The team is mostly girls but there are a few boys. And the majority of the boys are gay. And those who aren't make fun of those who are.

My friend was texting one of the boys when he suddenly text back that "he couldn't take it no more" and was "going to end it all".

My friend freaked and called him immediately. I listened in and heard him crying. He kept saying that everyone makes fun of him because he's gay. They claim that in the bathroom, he tries to take picture of the others. They constantly picked on this poor kid.

My friend knows I give pretty good advice and gave me the phone. I talked him out of ending it and convinced him to talk to the coaches about his problem. We haven't talked since but my friend told me that the boy was back at practice and no one picked on him that whole week.

It just makes you feel better knowing you helped someone tremendously.

Report bullying of any kind if you see it!

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