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Be a friend, not a bully ...

I finished a book this week called "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. It was an excellent read in that it was not only well written, but the subject matter was extremely thought provoking. The premise of the book is that a student, who finally has enough of all the bullying and tormenting he's had his whole life, snaps one day and goes on a shooting spree in his school similar to Columbine. The book details the events leading up to this, as well as the trial, and it is such a great story. I found this quote today, written by Martin Luther King Jr. and I thought it fitting considering the book I just read and the upcoming holiday in honor of someone who stood up for equal rights for all; “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” I can think of times in my past where I was less than helpful when other kids were bullied around me. I wouldn't stick up for some people, for fear of being bullied myself. I can even recall times that I bullied others outright. Kids make stupid decisions, and they are just being kids for the most part, but I hope that we can teach our children to stick up for others, to be a friend not a bully.