bullying

Hey, Did You Know? They Are Afraid...

Bullying statistics are extremely alarming! So many children are living in this world afraid. They’re afraid to go to school; afraid to be themselves; afraid to say no to the bully; afraid to confide in a responsible adult about what’s going on in their lives; afraid to stand up for themselves. So many children take their lives each day because they are afraid…AFRAID TO LIVE!

Sometimes we as adults take things for granted. Can you think back a minute to the time when you were a child? I know some of you have to think back farther than others, but, truly, life was a little easier and simpler back then. Our kids have so much at stake this day and age and some of them have no one to turn to.

Let’s take time out to pray for our children. To pray that they find the desire to pray for each other and themselves. To pray for forgiveness and healing in our children’s lives.

It takes a village to end bullying. Take your stand in prayer today! 

Why do little bullies become Big Bullies?

Lyle’s Story

“What’s up, I’m Lyle. So what I bully! I like it! It’s cool! It allows me to be in control, you know? The kids I pick on don’t even defend themselves. They just let me do whatever I want, no questions asked. It’s like a game for me, you know. I put a little out there in the beginning to see if they’ll bite. When they do, I go for the jugular! It’s just my way of testing the waters! What’s the big deal? Just a little harmless fun at their expense! I rule the school!!”

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We just read Lyle’s story and how he feels about his behavior. Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids who think the way he does. They believe they’re in control; that it’s cool and fun to bully. Some probably truly believe that it’s just harmless fun. But, we all know that bullying is serious business! It affects the lives of so many children, families, schools and society and it’s getting worse day by day. “But, what can I do to help change the situation?” Well, I’m glad you asked. You and I and all of us can pray. We can pray for the bully. “Pray for the bully?” Yes, we can get down on our knees and pray for them. Prayer really changes things. The more we saturate the atmosphere with prayer, the more we’ll begin to see change. There is no “catch-phrase” solution to ending bullying. The thief comes only but to kill, steal and destroy. The thief is destroying our children. It’s time to take our children and families back. And through prayer, a mighty mountain can be moved.

Let’s take time out to pray for the bully. To pray that he or she sees bullying as ugly, as poison, and that God creates in them a heart to want to change.  

The 'I Am Not Afraid' Stage Play

We are so excited that The 'I Am Not Afraid' Stage Play is coming to Caroline County Community Center for two performances on Friday, September 19th at 7 pm and Saturday, September 20th at 1 pm. This play is written, produced and directed by Ayana Sala Baugh, with music by Jay Johnson Music and Art Studio and narration by Caroline High School Principal Jeff Wick!! The message behind the play is to "STOP little bullies from becoming BIG Ones." 

Bullying is a problem affecting communities and school systems of all sizes.  It frustrates teachers and administrators, angers parents and eats away at the self-esteem of thousands of victims every year.  

The incidents of bullying that make the headlines each year, the ones leading to the most dreadful result, almost all occur between the grades of eight to twelve.  I asked myself, ‘where do these big bullies come from?’  The answer, obviously, little bullies.  Bullying that leads to attempted suicides, suicides, shooting rampages and such is perpetrated by teenagers who were probably bullies at a younger age.  The little bullies of today will grow to become bigger bullies tomorrow if left unchecked.

The play is a story of Loopiethotamus (a Chihuahua Who Thinks He is a Hippopotamus) who goes to school for the first time and is beset by a group of bullies.  Helping him face the challenges are his brother, sister, mother and father and new friends.   The story examines circumstances that cause a child to become a bully and how other students, teachers and family can help support the victim and show the little bullies how to overcome the hardships leading to their behavior.

The cast consists entirely of local actors, dancers and liturgical mimes. The play ‘I Am Not Afraid’ is scheduled for two performances, September 19 and 20, at the Caroline Community Center.  Local businesses wishing to participate as sponsors may contact Ayana Sala Baugh at 804-552-0193 or by email at Ayana@Loopiethotamus.com.