Friday, December 09, 2011

Eighth grader's video on being bullied gets national attention via Lady Gaga

ABC Good Morning America covered the story of Jonah and his YouTube video about getting bullied.
 
Perez Hilton and Lady Gaga came to his support.  The latest story is that Nick Jonas had provided a cover for Lady Gaga’s song “Born this Way”, link here.


Here’s a site to download Lady Gaga’s song to iTunes; I think it’s 99 cents and legal, here.   

Jonah said that the bullying had started in First Grade.  After Lady Gaga’s support, the principal of his middle school (he is now in 8th grade) finally agreed to do something about the problem.

My own experience with the teasing was its worst from third grade through ninth grade. In senior high school (which for me stared in 10th grade, at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington VA) it stopped completely. 

Remember, about this time last year, the Senate was holding its hearings on repealing "don't ask don't tell".  Certainly, over the years, the military gay ban contributed to a climate that seems to excuse bullying.  But it hasn't gone away that quickly.  As a substitute in northern Virginia, I saw very little bullying (outside of some special ed situations) compared to the rest of the country. 

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