|Cartoon image created with Bitstrips|
I am profoundly concerned — and even deeply disappointed — that anyone associated with me would participate in a public shaming.
I won’t contribute to the effort by identifying the subject or reposting the photograph. Instead, here is a cartoon status about my experience as a survivor of bullying.
Here are various forms of childhood peer abuse depicted in an adult workplace: whispered conversations, directed looks from onlookers and yes, even cyber-bullying through sharing information on the Internet.
When I went to school, I was physically attacked, verbally abused and systematically excluded.
It was difficult for me then, as it is difficult today, to understand complex social situations and the unspoken rules that govern people’s behavior. But the lingering effects of bullying make it difficult to trust people and recognize potential friendships.
Public shaming is bullying and when you participate, you are telling me that you believe bullying is OK, that it’s no big deal. Even beyond that, you are siding with the bullies who persecuted me, who made my school days hell.