by Kathleen Schipano
One out of four teens are bullied, and nine out of 10 LGBT students have been harassed in school. Anti- bullying week is next week and these statistics will be blared at us from all directions.
At the end of that week the announcements will stop, the glue holding up the posters will thin and these statistics fade into the background. Some people question weather it did any good.
There are many anti-bullying organizations that take action during this week, raising awareness and selling wristbands and t shirts.
However, many people have a problem with anti-bullying organizations selling merchandise. You see a lot of anti-bullying wristbands and t-shirts but a lot of people don’t know where that money goes. Is it just some big cooperation taking in money without really helping anyone in need?
We found out a few years ago that one of the breast cancer organizations we were donating to was spending most of the money donated to them to sue other organizations for using part of their name. Do we know that other organizations will act differently? Or will it do any good, there is not just some big anti-bullying cloud in the sky that takes in money and zaps bullies with love and compassion.
I was skeptical, but after doing some research I realized that most groups use the money to fund support groups for teens who have been bullied. There are numerous hotlines students can call when they need someone to talk to, as well as official online chat rooms. Funding these organizations accept is actually going toward the victims of bullying, providing them with support and reassurance.
So in my opinion, donating to anti-bullying organizations is a worth while endeavor. Here are some websites to chick out if you want to contribute or learn about bullying: