Stand Up To Bullying

One day a student stands up to eat lunch in the cafeteria.  While everyone else is sitting down to devour their pizza or fried cheese stick thing, this girl stands.  Someone at her table says, “Why are you standing?”  She answers, “I’m standing up to bullying.  I’m sick of it, so I’m going to stand up until it stops.”  She gets laughed at and everyone else goes about the business of devouring their food so they can properly socialize.

The next day, she’s standing again.  And the next day.  On the third day, another student comes over to stand next to her.  A couple more at her table follow suit.  After a week, there are a hundred students standing to eat their lunch.  The message cannot be ignored.  Bullying needs to stop.

It just takes one.

How could you make this happen without being obvious?  Remember the 2% from this post?

3 Responses to Stand Up To Bullying

  1. Maria Varallo March 7, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Love it – great example of the human condition! It all started with one and now they’re all at it, wonderful.

    Love a risk taker!

    • Matt March 7, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks Maria. I’ve been reading about the protests done by average people leading up to the Velvet Revolution. It’s amazing what people can change.

  2. Nicole April 11, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Many thanks for sharing this dancing man. Watching it made me laugh and smile a lot during a very low and dark period in my personal life. It has inspired me to turn my crazy grief into crazy uninhibited dancing.