Recently, we watched a video “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan with lots of powerful messages that I caught onto about bullying. The most powerful message I got was ‘‘if you can’t find anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a littler longer.’’

    Shane started getting bullied in grade two when he fell out of a tree and bruised the right side of his body, the next day a gym teacher saw it and sent him to the office. He told the principle that when he’s sad his grandma gives him karate chops, but to him pork chops and karate chops are the same thing. The word got around the school fast and people started calling him ‘’pork chop’’. That’s how it started.

    I think it’s amazing how one kid who was bullied all his life has made it so far with himself and not giving up on himself and having self-confidence. Today Shane is a famous, proud, amazing poet that even went out on his own during the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremony.

    My connections are through most of the grades I went through; every year there is someone being bullied. I think bullying someone can be the most harsh thing to do to someone because it will stay with them forever, day after day they will be putting them self down because of one thing someone said to them. In my thought, I think bullies only become bullies because it’s how family or friends once treated them.

           Another connection I have is that others have bullied me not every year, but occasionally. I have been called names and pushed around, but they don’t bother me. Bullying is such a bad thing, but it happens to everyone eventually but for some even worse.