Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Corbin's Story: Bully Victim Canadian Hero
As Anti-Bullying Week continues....the story of 12-year-old Corbin Linklater. Bullying victim and Canadian hero.
Not because of what they did to him.
The video shows 12-year-old Corbin Linklater being stopped on the stairs by a larger teenaged girl who says "I'm gonna' have to break your neck," while several others laugh and videotape the bullying. The abuse goes on for about five minutes as Corbin calmly expresses his right to be himself and not be bullied. It eventually ends when Corbin goes back down the stairs, instead of get involved in a physical confrontation.
But because of the way he reacted.
"I think if I were Corbin's parents I would be very proud of that young man," Karpenko said. "He showed he was not going to get involved in a fight, he stood up for his rights, ultimately he walked away with his dignity and spirit intact. He did everything that he could have to rise above and he did."
And how he insisted on going back to school to face his tormentors.
"He said 'I want to be in class, sir, I've got things to do. I'm here to go to school, sir.' I was impressed. I was impressed before, and now even more so."
What disturbs me is that the Principal needed to watch a YouTube video to understand the horror of what was going on in his own schoolyard.
Like so many other Canadians who seem to have a blind spot for bullying. Or think it isn't their problem. When of course it's Canada's shame.
Canada has one of the highest rates of children in welfare care of all industrialized countries, PEER VIOLENCE AND BULLYING is prevalent...Compared with other industrialized countries, our children are suffering from unacceptable rates of poverty, obesity, mental illness and violence...
And EVERYBODY'S problem.
Sixty percent of those categorized as bullies in school have criminal records by the age of twenty-four.
If you don't stop them when they go after other children.
When they grow up they'll come after you.
The good news is that the kids get it. They're standing up for bullied kids like Corbin.
Corbin stood up for himself.
I'm taking a stand against bullying.