The subject of bullying hits close to home for me in too many ways. I’m inspired to write this piece thanks to a fantastic e-mail I received from @PublishersWkly about Young Adult author, Jay Asher, going on tour through all 50 states with his YA book, ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’. I am so excited he is doing this. His book belongs in the health class curriculum of every health class for middle and high schools.
(Note: Jodi Piccoult’s, ‘Nineteen Minutes’ is also about bullying in schools. This too is an incredible book.)
Jay’s book, ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’, takes you to the darker place of insidious bullying. I endured both blatant and insidious bullying while I was in school (and even as an adult by an extended family member from when I was five years old until seven years ago when I finally had had enough) but I was strong enough to endure it and learn from it. Many kids are not and no kids should ever have to even endure it.
I was working in one of our local high schools in food service running a check out line when ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ came out. I saw first hand, that the bullying was getting worse and I stopped it when I could. One person is not enough though. If ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ becomes mandatory curriculum in the middle and high schools, a HUGE difference might be made.