New York State is one of the few states not to have anti bullying laws. Yesterday I added my name to a petition for the introduction of such laws.
Bullying, these day, has also come into the realm of the internet and, for those of you like me you were not aware of it; it is called cyber bullying.
I don’t know about you, but I only learned about cyber bullying when I went to the AFSP conference earlier in the month, and I was horrified to learn of several suicides resulting from cyber bullying.
Such bullying is perpetrated both, by boys and girls, and those who engage in it, need to be held accountable.
I am also glad to have had the opportunity of expressing my views on the needs of our schools, to a potential candidate for the school Board. Below is my email to him:
“… Nutrition, as we all know, is paramount to overall health, we are what we eat. I would like to see our schools serve nutritionally sound, organic, local, seasonal food. And, personally I would like to get rid of vending machines.
Also, as you may or may not be aware, my son Andrew died of suicide last November when he jumped from the 10th floor of Bobst, NYU’s library.
I have since learned that Suicide is the third leading cause of Death in children 14 to 25 years of age. There is much that schools can and should do to help this vulnerable population. In the case of New York State, we should all petition for anti bullying laws to include Cyber bullying which has become a serious and all too often deathly issue.
We must also address Mental Health, integral as it is, to overall health.
Our children, from kindergarten onward, need to be equipped with real life tools such as Yoga and Meditation for instance, that will help them do well not only in State tests, but more importantly, in life.
I think it safe to say that there is no one person who is not aware that these are times of great change. The old paradigms are no longer adequate and one by one, individually and together we need to usher in new ones…”
And now, even though it is raining hard and everything that makes up “me” wants to stay right where I am, that is, sitting up in bed with my laptop or a book, from time to time look at the pictures in my room, stare at the windswept, soggy garden and go blank, hoping, hoping… for ADCs, but, instead of doing that, I’m off to Yoga.
If, unlike me, you are not blessed with tons of water falling from the sky, and instead your sun is shining, well then, you too can do some Yoga.
All the best,