Try friends, not bullying

BEST FRIENDS: Friends will stick together no matter what the odds are. True friendship is formed with just one smile and a friendly

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BEST FRIENDS: Friends will stick together no matter what the odds are. True friendship is formed with just one smile and a friendly "Hello."

We have a lot of good reasons to have friends in our lives.

Whether it’s back in elementary school or in college, we have friends to guide us along the way.

But when there is bullying going around, making friends is difficult.

Especially with kids who are anti-social, have disabilities, disorders, or other stuff that goes along with them in their daily lives.

I was one of those kids who makes friends and was bullied, but let me tell you this,  making friends is easy as pie.

Bullying has been around for a long time now, and the more we bully other kids, the more depressed and hurt they get.

For one, our school’s leader, Dr. Emma Banks, told everyone who joins this school has no tolerance for bullying.

Also from the Bible, a few verses explain it. Philippians 2:3 states, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

One message is that whatever you do to someone in the way of bullying, you won’t feel good about yourself if someone did it to you as well.

Bullying can come in many forms, whether it is verbal, cyber, mental, physical and more.

People who bully other students have no idea of how much the depression, fear and other emotions can leave their victims very badly hurt.

I had one of those friends at a former school who is bullied for being born with a disability. It hurts me every day to know that she’s bullied like that, but it makes me smile to know that she is loved by both my family and hers because she’s herself and no one can change her for who she is.

Another person at this school is a lost friend. I only knew him for a short time, but I didn’t understand him all the way through. All I did was look between the cracks instead of asking him up front who he is and what about him. After the first few mouths here we both stopped talking to each other. Let me tell you, losing a friend hurts.

But you know, I have found others friends. They are more than friends to me, they are my family, my pack. They are real true friends to me and we still talk today.

So if my story on friendship isn’t enough, talk to your friends and ask your friends if your friendship is strong. Because everyone’s friendship is different.