From kindergarten to the 12th grade I encountered bullies & victims. It never mattered if I knew the bully or the victim, if I saw unjust cruelty I immediately intervened. I lost a lot of 'friends', people you thought were good but they are just as capable of cruelty like any other human being. It was not hard for me to let go of a 'friend' like that when it comes to doing the right thing. I was always the quiet girl smiling in the back of the classroom, I made friends with anyone and everyone, but if I ever saw someone being bullied I would step in with a strong force, look that bully deep in the eyes and tell them the wrong they are doing and if they wanted to continue they would have to deal with me everytime, or they could drop it and never do it again. I was a well trained athlete in many sports so I had the physical confidence and commanding presence with everyone knowing what strengths I was capable of. Everytime the bully respected my position. I didn't just step in, I assertively explained what they were doing was wrong and needed to end. This was a hard postion when it was someone I knew well being the bully, but it was even harder when it was a good friend being bullied because my emotions would get me even more, that's when the bully would truly feel my wrath. I had the 'Zero Tolerance' approach and I always will. You must take a stand, stand with your true friends, stand with the victims even if you don't know their name, and always stand up against a bully. Let them feel your conviction on their conscious soul and remember that moment so it will not be repeated by another, to another. ZERO TOLERANCE.
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