HELP PASS A BILL TO STOP BULLYING
My name is Rachel Burgess, I have been a victim of cyber bullying, and almost ended my life when someone told me that I had to keep fighting for all the people in the same position as me. I realized I needed to stand up again and help fight back. I cannot start a non-profit right now… But I am trying to do what I can to help stop bullying. Children and adults don’t deserve to lose their lives because of the insecurities of others.
So today I am asking for your help.
This may be the single hardest thing I ever do, but it may be the greatest thing I have ever been a part of. After working really hard on ideas for a non-profit, 3 years of college, and countless experiences. I have found myself, I know what I live for and what I am passionate for.
I know I can be a dork sometimes, and annoying all of the time, but that doesn’t excuse the bullying that I had to endure and the bullying millions of other students who are middle, elementary, high school, and college have to endure. The fact that innocent children have lost lives, and our school systems do nothing about it is wrong and unjust.
I want to make a change, and with your help we can make a difference. At my HS students walked into school everyday with a sign that said one teacher can shape a student, and one student can shape the world, so what can 100,000 people do together?
On December 1st, 2012, North Caroline made signing up a teacher for junk e-mail a bullying crime, that a student could be sent to jail for. In August 2008 California passed a law related to cyber-bullying, until 2011 North Dakota did not even have any legislation defending those who are being bullied, and the state of Montana does not even have any law protecting and bringing justice to those who are bullied. In 2011, the State of New Jersey passed the toughest bullying legislation within the 50 states, enforcing that each school have an effective long-term plan on dealing with bullying and bullies risk expulsion. ONE state out of 50.
Massachusetts- 15 year old Phoebe Prince
Virginia- 16 year old Christian Taylor
New York- 16 year old Jamey Rodemeyer
Missouri- 13 year old Meagan Meier
New Jersey- 18 year old Tyler Lementi
This is just a minute fraction of people who have ended their life because of the rigorous bullying they endure daily. I am speaking out for all the students and non-students alike who suffer daily at school, at work, at home, and have seen no justice. In our constitution the first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights, a set of limitations derived to protect the natural rights of liberty. Another section of the United States Constitution states, “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I am speaking out because we deserve a bill that is actually going to hold meaning within our country, our children, our future. My entire life I’ve been told that it’s my generation that is going to change the world. Well we cannot change the world if there aren’t any of us left. I am doing my part to make a change, please do yours.