Let me tell you about what happened very recently in France.
Last week, a 13-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself in his room. Two days later, a 16-year-old high school student tried to kill himself in the middle of the school by setting himself on fire, but he was saved just in time by his comrades who threw water on him.
You read that right, these two events occurred in the same week, both for the same reason: bullying.
I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must be for their families, and how hard it could have been for them to live under such pressure. I can’t imagine how at 13, you can think of committing suicide and actually do it in such a horrible way.
In France, bullying is somewhat a taboo subject. There were some campaigns against money extortion by older students, but the problem of bullying has never been addressed. I am not familiar with what is done in the US at a political level, or the extent of the issue in American schools, but these two horrifying events made me think about WWE and the Be A Star campaign.
I don’t care that it is mostly a communication and public relations move. I don’t care if it’s a political move to help Linda McMahon’s career. I don’t care how hypocritical it may sound from the WWE. Bullying is a problem that cannot be underestimated, and I strongly believe that what WWE is doing can really help its younger fans to put an end to bullying.
Seeing professional wrestlers talk about it can help bullied children to realize that they are not alone, that there is hope and that they are people to talk to. It can help bullies realize that what they are doing – even unconsciously and with no bad intentions – can truly hurt. The Be A Star campaign can prevent bullies from appearing, and bullied children from becoming bullies when they grow up.
I know that it may sound utopian, and I am aware that it won’t solve bullying and that bullying will always exist as it is our nature as human beings. However, if the Be A Star campaign has once somewhere saved one child from bullying and from maybe committing suicide, then it is already a great success, and I applaud WWE for their action and their massive support, and I encourage them to strengthen it even more. Bullying is such an important matter that we have to stop being marks, to stop overanalyzing everything and to truly think about it and look at how bad it can become for some children.
Don’t be a Bully, Be A Star!
Check out the Be A Star Alliance website for more information.