When I was 15 a new girl, Tina, started at my school. She didn’t know anyone yet and was being bullied on the bus by a girl our age. Lydia was literally twice our height or maybe that’s just how it felt. I didn’t know Tina at the time but couldn’t stand listening to what Lydia and her gang of friends were saying, so I stepped in ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. Some may say it’s interfering but in my book bullying isn’t ok (no matter how subtle). Tina’s still one of my best friends and always will be.
This leads me into Kindness Girl who is one of my favourite bloggers (if not the favourite). If you read her blog you’ll see why straight away, pure inspiration. She’s recently posted about Karen Klein the hearing impaired Grandmother who was the bus monitor for the Greece School District in Greece, N.Y. She was viciously bullied by school kids. For a fuller round up the Huffington post have reported on it.
How the clip went viral is quite interesting. It was originally posted to the social news site Reddit, where it reached the front page reserved for the most up-voted stories.Reddit user razorsheldon created a call to arms in outrage about what happened and the support globally is touching to see.
The reaction has been similar to the London Riots, another Reddit user set up a donations page in support for Karen, which has generated $650,000. Southwest airlines even kindly offered to send Karen and 9 others to DisneyLand.
The Kony video received criticism for being too polished and sensational, now I’m not saying the Karen Klein video was orchestrated but it does make a great anti bullying campaign. Kindness Girl has created a campaign called ‘I Am Kind’ as a response, kindness can change everything right? If you’d like to join the ‘I am Kind’ Facebook page, you can here.
The message – be ‘Kindaware’.