Sunday, October 14, 2012

Amanda Todd

I dislike bullying and I have a hard time understanding how any human can be so evil, without someone else stopping them. Someone has to know hat they are bullies, other than the victim. In my eyes the bystanders who do nothing are equally guilty.

This poor girl made a mistake. A mistake of the kind that most 12 year old girls might do in the right setting. One mistake that should have been embarrassing at the most, and then forgotten.

We all make embarrassing mistakes. Mistakes that should never be more than that.

I hope the bullies get what they deserve. I hope all bullies, not just the ones who bullied Amanda Todd, get a taste of their own medicine.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai
Most of us have had days when we've been tired of school, wondered why we have to go and some of us have skipped school to do something more fun. Some, like my 14 year old niece, don't want to go to school at all and they do everything in their power to get away. Going to school is often seen as a choir that has to be done rather than the privilege that it is. The right to education is also the right to take control over your own life.

Malala Yousafzai is a 14 year old activist that has been working for Pakistani girls right to an education since she was 11 years old. The problem is not the Pakistani government but the Talibans and their extremist views on Islam. She and two other girls where gunned down by Talibans yesterday as they were about to enter their school bus. All girls survived even Malala Yousafzai that have had a three hour surgery to remove the bullet from her head.
(Source: BBC, BBC.)

It's chilling to think of a 14 year old that almost gave her life to protect the right of education. A privilege that kids around me take so much for granted that they don't value it at all.