Letters – Stopping a bully before torment begins

Re: Editor's Note: Mistakes are part of life, Oct. 25-31

Stopping a bully before torment beginsRe: Editor’s Note: Mistakes are part of life, Oct. 25-31

I read at least 13 papers a week, and so in the last three weeks I have read many letters and editorals on this subject. As a young gay man in Junior and High School in the early ’70s in Victoria, for my friends and me, bullying was normal. It is rare when an adult can write to  young people in such a way that you know they are listening. My wish is that parents and teachers pass this Editor’s Note onto their children and students to read. Your words may have stopped a bully from being a bully or maybe made someone stand up and refuse to be bullied.

Colin Craig,Victoria

 

Meaning of friendship

“And when you ask, that’s when you’ll know the true value of a friend” because that is when the cream separates from the rest. Awesome article.

Daniela Huppe,via FACEBOOK

 

Editorial was wise, moving

I was moved and touched beyond belief by Grant McKenzie’s editorial. All of the wisdom and ‘smart-stuff’ I had to learn as a teenager, he imparted in the simplest words: “High school is shallow, but you are not,” and “Without dreamers, the world is only two dimensional,”  and “Some of us continue to screw up well past our teens until the day we reach out a hand and ask for help.  And when you ask, that’s when you’ll know the true value of a friend.”

It was only by accident that I read this commentary, but it was no accident that I have re-read it several times over. Kudos, Grant.  All those who believe they are bullied moths will be happy to know that they are butterflies in the making.

Loralee Maria Judge,Vancouver Island

 

Insightful message, but

Another insightful message to help boost our awareness about “at risk” youth. I loved the article and always enjoy reading what you write. However, I don’t agree with the word “weak” (in ‘from the weakest to the strongest’] to describe these young girls and boys. The adjective “vulnerable” seems more appropriate. The last thing any of us needs to be called is weak. Just being alive makes all of us vulnerable. We become weakened by the system, by illnesses, by stress, by lack of support, exposure … and on it goes. If we are to evolve as a species, we must stop the war against vulnerable groups. We must understand that anything can happen to anyone at anytime. We are one.

Nellie M. Power,Victoria

Just Posted

Arkells rallying around their fans

Canada’s biggest band (for now) looks to outdo their last show in Victoria

DANCING ANYONE? Museum puts a swing into your step

Royal BC Museum hosting its next adult-only Night Shift event, a swing dance/mixer

Getting OUT with Intrepid Theatre

OUTstages queer theatre festival features packed week of entertainment for fifth anniversary

Vic High theatre staging musical class struggle tale

Cry Baby a love story and social commentary piece presented with campy style

Readers Theatre returns to Congregation Emanu-El

Audience members encouraged to envision plays’ actions from hearing scripts

VIDEO: RBCM’s Wonder Sunday brings fossils into focus

Every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. kids learn about science and history through interactive activities

B.C. animators land Oscar nominations

‘Animal Behaviour’ by Vancouver’s David Fine and Alison Snowden among several Canadians on the short list

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

Reflections of Ladysmith: The Art of Michael Dean

Work, place and people are inseparable for Vancouver Island painter

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Sidney Museum’s Lego Exhibition larger than ever

Hundreds of thousands of pieces on display in creations big and small, now through March 31

2019 Canadian Whisky Awards’ big winners announced

Awards held in conjunction with Victoria Whisky Festival

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Most Read