Assets in Action: Unity Day is a day to make community better

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Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention month and the month also includes Unity Day?

Unity Day is a day when we all wear orange, talk about bullying and try to make our community, however we define one, a little better. Check them out at pacer.org.

Oct. 25 is the day for 2017, and I really hope community members will bring the message forward, in any way that works best for you.

You can start something in whatever club, organization or community you claim or wear orange to bring awareness.

Bullying can lead to really bad choices no matter what age, income bracket or community it seems to visit. I heard of a local story where someone was verbally assaulted at our Health Fair because of her apparel choice.

I haven’t been able to speak with the person to verify the story, but what makes me even more sad is when I was told that no one came to the aide of the person under attack.

If you see something, I beg you to please stand up. If you see something, say something or nothing will ever change. If we allow people to be ugly than ugly becomes the norm.

I am always afraid that I may err on the crazy side and read someone the riot act, or at least I hope I would be the one to intervene.

We should always assume John Quinones from What Would You Do is about to walk out from behind a wall. Wouldn’t you hate to be the one that says, “I didn’t think I should get involved.”

Recently a young man walked into the Clovis library and shot two employees.

We don’t know all of the details, but there had been a fight and a suspension and I am pretty sure that I have heard some news report related to bullying.

How do we as a nation not have a handle on this topic yet?

Isn’t there a gold standard school that has this down to a science?

Do we follow each news story back to see how things unfolded, what was done, what could have been done, how bullying played a role and how policies and procedures have changed?

We can’t fix everything, but we can treat everyone with dignity and respect. We can follow up with someone when they’ve been wronged and we can make sure we aren’t re-victimizing a person that has already been bullied in the first place.

Conversations need to be had now before something happens. Many kids are raised that you can defend yourself, but that isn’t always the case.

I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know that kindness and love are at the heart of solving the problem for the issue.