Editorial: Protecting the innocent

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It dawned on me as I listened to a powerful speech this week given by Jessica Brookshire, founder of K.A.R.M.A. (Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression) that the focus of this week's bullying editorials albeit important have been on parents engaging their children before their kids do something drastic and the encouragement of lawmakers to approve legislation next year to help get this bullying issue under control.

The missing pieces of this puzzle are these words spoken by Jessica today directed to the bullied children watching, listening or reading this editorial now.  "We hear you, we know what you are going through and we are coming to your rescue."  You are not alone in this fight. Have hope.

Growing up we all heard the adage "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."   Tell that to a child that has been called words like ugly, stupid or worthless and then ask them if they hurt.

Let's make 2012 the year of protecting the innocent in Alabama where children can live and learn in a healthy, safe and productive environment.

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