I recently posted a link to the video of news anchor Jennifer Livingston’s response to a bully on my Facebook page. This is the response I received from a friend:
“This woman needs to get over it and realize people have opinions she won’t always agree with. It’s up to her whether or not to share a personal email with the rest of the world. She could of just deleted it along with the 5000 other spam emails we all get everyday.”
While I am a firm believer that everyone has a right to their own opinion, I wholeheartedly disagree with this one. As a mother who’s third grader has already been subject to severe bullying at school, I applaud any effort to get the message out that this kind of behavior is unacceptable. The fact that Ms. Livingston had the courage to publicly address the issue that she is overweight but that this kind of treatment of people is bullying and is not acceptable is to be commended. I plan on showing this video to my daughter to drive home the point to her that bullying is not to be tolerated and that she can find the courage to stand up and call her tormenters out to the world.