WHERE do you even begin addressing the issue of bullying?
We were served a stark reminder last week about the impact bullying, and all its facets, has on an individual.
Amy "Dolly” Everett, a Scots PGC boarder in Warwick, devastatingly took her own life on January 3 after being cyber-bullied.
The "innocent, happy little country girl” was pushed to the limit in a heartbreaking, but all too familiar tale.
Stanthorpe, Warwick, Toowoomba and a huge wave of communities jumped on-board with the 'Do it for Dolly' campaign, wearing blue and paying respect to the 14-year-old.
But the question must be asked - why do these things continue to happen?
Parents are blamed, schools are blamed, society is blamed.
We need to do more than just wear blue if there's any chance of stamping out bullying and ending the related suicides and lives lost.
Speak up. You'd be lying to say you've never been taunted or personally attacked at some point in your life. You'd also be lying if you said you've never had a dig or bullied someone yourself.
Use your own experiences to ensure our next generation are taught the reality a few words can have.
It's not just kids being kids (yes I'm aware adults are just as guilty). It's a loaded gun.
Programs, pleas and pledges are clearly not cutting through. The time to act on this was yesterday but it's our burden as a society to figure out the best way to tackle it and take steps. But, be sure you do - otherwise we'll see someone else's face plastered across the news in yet another tragic tale.
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