Closely following the horrible suicide of Phoebe Prince, after being relentlessly cyber-bullied by other kids at her school, Young Adult authors Carrie Jones
(author of Need
), and Megan Kelley Hall (author of Sisters of Misery
) have joined together to help stop bullying. [Phoebe's story
I never knew Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old who took her life this year after being ruthlessly bullied by classmates and I never will and that makes me incredibly angry and incredibly sad. I’m focusing on bullying because our kids deserve to be the best freaking humans they can be and to be able to go to school or log onto their computer without being afraid
We are creating a culture of "mean people." The nastier you are, the more you get noticed. The bigger the bully, the bigger the following. The teen and pre-teen years are difficult enough to get through on their own. But when you add Facebook and blogs and MySpace and IMs and YouTube, you are turning one individual's personal battles into a voyeuristic, masochistic nightmare for the world to see. (more)
So Megan and Carrie have decided to stand up and use their influence to do something about bullying. They have been blogging about bullying all week and have started a Facebook page, here is the description:
This group was created for Young Adult authors and readers to come together and put an end to bullying. Victims of bullying do not need to feel like they are alone. We are creating a platform for your stories. We are creating a safe haven for your concerns. We encourage all YA authors to become a part of this group, so that we can provide updates, mission statements, action items and simple ways to spread the anti-bullying cause. Please join our fight to end bullying and to give a voice to those who cannot or are too afraid to be heard.
Since it's beginning, just a couple of days ago, the fan page already has over 1000 members including other YA authors, readers, teachers, and those who have seen or experienced bullying in their lives. Reading the stories of the teens that have been bullied in their schools is heartbreaking, and needs to end.
If you are a parent of someone who is being bullied, take it seriously. If you are a parent of a child that bullies, stop him/her now. If you don't know how, seek help. Don't think it will go away, or it is no big deal. If you are a teacher or bus driver, please stand up for your students. You may be the only one who does. If you are a friend, tell someone. Tell your parents, tell a teacher, don't let it go unnoticed. You just might save a life, you will at least make a life better.
~Andye @ Reading Teen
Carrie posted about her personal bullying experience today, check it out here.