“One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about. How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you." - Ellen.
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This is one of my most powerful illustrations. Powerful because I took an awful lot of time for this and really took a large of amount of strength from me to finish.
I’m a shitty person and a shitty writer
At first glance it’s just a doodle of a boy ‘brainstorming’; notice on the left side of the paper that there are words, not gibberish, but words. These words go inside his left ear and is translated into a complicated doodle.
On the third and fourth pictures, you can see that the words were zoomed. These words are HATE WORDS, ABUSIVE STATEMENTS and VERBAL BULLYING.
Today is my birthday, 19th birthday. All the hateful words written on the left side are words that were said directly to me. I have lived through 17 years of torment and pain (17 because, 0-2 yrs. I recall nothing), three suicide attempts and one near-death experience because of this. When I was drawing this, I started with the right side, because doodling is easy, you just let your creativity spill into the paper. The left side however, was very difficult because I was forced to remember every painful/hurtful thing that was ever said to me. Writing those words really took a toll on my emotions and tears started falling from my eyes and into the paper, I had to stop for a few days and compose myself and finish it. Upon finishing it, I felt relieved that it is finally over and I’m not going to do it anytime soon. That shit was some deep emotional journey to my subconscious. I hated myself to the point i wanted to bury myself into the ground and let the maggots feed on me, but I realized not to do it because maggots dislike the taste of disappointment, I wanted to kill myself though I failed because I was a coward to push through it, and I’m glad I didn’t go through with it, otherwise I wouldn’t be here right now. Here I am now, better than ever! I managed to transform these painful words said to me into something that is completely the opposite; something beautiful, something people appreciate and makes them happy. I turned hate into love and I’m pretty damn good at it.
To all the bullies I’ve met and will ever meet. Here let me give you a hug and paint you a picture, your hurtful words will be made into art. So go ahead and keep on using these hurtful words on me and feed my creativity!!!
Guys, this is about verbal abuse to other people, some may not be as strong as you think they are. Some may only have the left side of the picture. Be kind to them, you have no idea what they’re going through.
One Pennsylvania teen, who is originally from Guinea, recently had to endure his high school rival’s soccer team chanting “Ebola” at him during a match, WPVI reports.
According to the station, Ibrahim Toumkara, a Nazareth Area High School student and soccer player, got into a fight last week after he heard players from rival Northampton High School taunting him about the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people across West Africa, including in his home country.
"Being from western Africa and having family in that area, he didn’t take too kindly to those remarks and went after one of the players on the Northampton team," the boy’s coach, Edward Bachert, explained. Bachert is also Ibrahim’s legal guardian, as well as a police chief for Lehigh County.
The 16-year-old moved away from Guinea three years ago, the station notes.
"There were tears coming down his eyes. He was visibly shaken by this, that it got to that level on the field," Bachert added.
After the tasteless incident, both Northampton’s head soccer coach and its assistant coach resigned. Some of the student athletes are also expected to face disciplinary action, according to the station.
"This is part of the educational process to make sure that students are understanding sportsmanship and what’s happening out there in the world," Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said.
"I want them to know we are all the same; nothing can make us be different," Ibrahim said.