So on Monday I discussed my experience with someone being bullied to the point of taking their own life. While I find that (the act of bullying) totally disgusting and uncalled for, there’s another part that I find equally repulsive. Lack of compassion!
I’m gonna show my age here, but when I was in elementary school I remember all the teachers and students watching the Space Shuttle Challenger launch on television. Everyone was in awe. And seconds later, there was the explosion. Shock and sad faces everywhere. And then this one kid (whom I won’t name) starts laughing and making explosion jokes about 7 people who he watched live on television, lose their lives. He was immediately reprimanded by the teacher(s) and instantly sent to the office. I was disgusted and remember that being the first time I experienced, what I believed to be, lack of compassion (or something close to it).
Fast forward several years, and the day after someone takes their own life, I see the same thing again in high school. That day the vast majority of students were genuinely saddened by the prior day’s event. But there were those few that I saw in the hall way who were making light of the situation and poking fun at it (tastelessly), as if it was no big deal. And there were a few others that were vocally unsympathetic about it…referring to the victim as weak. I’m all for people having and expressing their thoughts and opinions. I just wish there was a bit more reverence is all. Simply my opinion. Regardless, it was all an eye opener for me, on many levels.