Hillary's PSA on Bullying

Katherine - posted on 05/08/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )




Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently released a new public service announcement on the topic of bullying. In it, there are no flashy bells and whistles or clever gimmicks, rather she just delivers a simple and powerful message against bullying in a way few before have done so.

She talks about how important it is for a society to embrace all people. "Strong societies draw strength from the talents of women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, LGBT people and those of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds," she says. She talks about how everyone can contribute to building tolerance, and then -- just when you're starting to get a little bored with the same old message we've heard before -- she turns things up a notch and speaks directly to the bullies.

She says:

And if you are bullying someone else—take a hard look at your actions and the pain you cause. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or social— bullying is wrong.

I love that. It's so simple, but it's amazing how frequently our efforts against bullying fail to speak to the bullies. Other campaigns tell people who have been bullied that it gets better; we offer tips and techniques for remaining strong, but we typically fail to go straight for the source of the problem.

As Lindsay Cross as Mommyish points out, it's much like the approach we, unfortunately, take when it comes to sexual abuse.

... look at how closely our anti-bullying messages sound a lot like the response to sexual harassment. We tell people how to deal with it, instead of addressing the fact that it occurs at all. Secretary Clinton’s message puts the focus where it should be: on the people who choose to bully.

So way to go, Hillary. Hopefully, more people will be inspired by this kind of head-on attack and incorporate it into other anti-bullying efforts as well. Here's the entire PSA; see what you think:


There is a video too.

I think what she said was pretty profound. And we DO need to do something about bullying. It's happening more and more often. Kids are getting killed FFS! I was never a great fan of hers, but what she has to say may have just swayed me.


Stifler's - posted on 05/08/2012




I think we need to stop calling it bullying. There have ALWAYS been harassment laws. We learned about them in year 3. Stalking, defaming, calling names, physically hitting someone is assault. it's all harassment, why juvenlise the crime.


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Karen - posted on 05/09/2012




That recent story in the news about the girls who harassed that Jewish student? The administrators weren't planning on doing anything about it until a celebrity jumped in to shame them publicly, so I know there are still many places left who are not taking this bully stuff seriously. Where I went to school though? You couldn't do ANYTHING wrong without getting suspended. They started a "zero tolerance" program in Orlando, which meant any rule broken gets punishment. There was no sliding by. I got suspended for a week for saying the word ass in English class. Bullying would get you escorted off campus by a police officer, and it didn't matter if you had a ride home or not.

I am sorry to hear you ladies went through that. I am really sorry that your school did not protect you the way they should have. All of the schools in this country need to be on board with zero tolerance, even if a few kids get suspended for stupid reasons like saying "ass".

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2012




Janice, I second that. My bullies were never adressed or disciplined, nary a call home was made. I doubt that many parents are aware that their child is a bully at school, and I suspect, many children learn their bullying tactics from their parents. At least, most of my bullies in school, had parents who were bullies themselves. I wasn't blamed for my bullying, but I was told to suck it up, it's something I just had to go through...it will pass...(4 years and one suicide attempt later. *sigh*) Bullies just get away with it.

Anyways, way to go Hilary! The message is simple, clear, it's not convoluted. Bullying is wrong. End of story. Who can't understand that? Even a 3 or 4 year old can understand that. Bullying is Wrong.

Janice - posted on 05/09/2012




I love this approach!

Karen I don't think many parents of bullies get calls home. I was bullied and never once were any of those picking on me disciplined for their actions. In fact the few times I sought help it was made out that I deserved the bullying because I was not conforming to social norms.

Karen - posted on 05/09/2012




It's a good approach. I also wonder where the parents of these "bullies" are. I know you can't always tell, but after a complaint or two from the school about your kid, wouldn't it send up flags that you might have a bully on your hands?

It would break my heart to find out my child was hurting another person. Can you believe some parents are proud of this?

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i've always wondered why no one went for the bully instead of just telling the bullied how to get through it.

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