Previously published in Examiner on Mar 9, 2013
Bullying is topical because it can happen to almost anyone. It is also one of the most talked about mental health issues today. Bullies usually choose younger or weaker victims because they want to make sure they can exert the power they need over them. However, most people do not think of celebrities being bullied as children. According to Heat Celebrity News published today, film star Jennifer Lawrence was bullied in school. “The actress has revealed that she was bullied so much that she was forced to change school ‘a lot’ to avoid the taunts. She said on one memorable occasion a bully made her hand out invites to the girl’s birthday party… A party Jennifer wasn’t invited to. “That was fine,” Jennifer said. “I just hocked a loogie on [the invites] and threw them in the trash can.” A loogie is a large glob of spit.
Good for her, imagine having to hand out birthday invitations when you are not even invited. Jennifer showed a lot of courage by throwing those cards in the garbage.
I was bullied as a child because I was overweight. Once a boy in the first grade punched me in the stomach because he felt he could pound the fat away,
According to Inquistr, “Lawrence survived being bullied in grade school and she learned a few lessons from her experience. The actress even developed a life motto, “Don’t worry about the bitches.” She said,” “That could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life.”
Well I am not sure that I would use that motto. However, if it helped her get through it and that is all that counts. I have however, forgiven all my past bullies and moved on with my life.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence is best-known for playing Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” (2012). In 2010 she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for “Winter’s Bone.” Jennifer may be at the height of her career but states, I’m one of the most untalented people. Literally, acting is the only thing I can do – and I don’t know if I really know how to do that.”
I think Jennifer may still be suffering from some self-esteem issues. I hope that her success will help get through those issues in time. Even after all these years and lots of education and training, I still find that I get down on myself and I have to pull myself back up to where I need to be.
According to Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, “Bullying is a form of child abuse and four out of 10 children will drop out of high school this year because they are being bullied at school or abused at home. Thirty percent of U.S. students in grades six through 10 are involved in moderate or frequent bullying – as bullies, as victims, or as both – according to the results of the first national school bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics survey on this subject. School bullying and cyber bullying are increasingly viewed as an important contributor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide.
In my day bullies used to punch you, or steal your lunch or your belongings but no one was taunted that much that they committed suicide. It is just terrible how violent bullies are today and what absolute distress they can afflict on others. I recently wrote about Bailey O’Neill who was hit by a bully. Bailey was rushed to the hospital and was put in a coma. He has since died.
Jennifer Lawrence did not quit school, but she changed schools several times to avoid her tormentors.