The Center for Disease Control has released the results of an evaluation of bullying in Massachusetts. Turns out bullying is happening in schools in this state just like the rest of the country and many parts of world. The full report is available at the CDC web site as well as from several news outlets. You may have seen the Boston Globe summary last week.
Here is a direct quote from the report that I have linked to the CDC above: “Among middle school students, 23.2% of bully-victims reported being physically hurt by a family member and 22.8% reported witnessing violence, compared with 19.4% and 17.4%, respectively, among bullies and 13.6% and 14.8%, respectively, among victims of bullying. ” The report was written by members of the CDC and the Massachusetts Dept of Health. You can get more information by following the link. There is also a website for parents who are devoted increasing the safety of schools: PASS: Parents Advocating for Safe Schools.
It is important to be involved in our communities and see non-violence as a topic to address beyond our own front doors. AND, we need to look inside our own homes. The numbers above are abstract and easy to distance ourselves from. We must look at our own actions. Rev. Molly Baskett has been making news this week for her painful, graceful, terrifying, and exhilarating recovery from cancer. Her blog on this is linked on my from page. Today, I encourage you to read her post about the real life risk that many of us confront everyday of falling back on the patterns of violence from our childhood. It takes incredible courage and humility to confront your own risk to your children. In her posting titled Passion., Molly shares with us her struggles to manage frustration and fear. Let Rev Baskett lead you to through pain to grace.
I am so touched by her humility. I am sorry that cancer kept those of you who completed the Raising Safe Kids group from getting to know her better. This blog posting lets you learn from her as intimately as if she co-taught with me. Please read the whole post as the end is where she shares a real life experience that all of us can relate to in one way or another.