Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Call On Me

Hello Bashers! 

I wanted to let you all know that I am always here if you need to talk! Part of my mission is to provide tips and suggestions on how to deal with bullying! If you are being bullied, are a bully, a parent, or anyone who feels like they are involved in bullying you can contact me. You can email me at bashoutbullying@gmail.com or send me a direct message on any social media site! I will keep everything you tell me confidential unless you tell me otherwise. I am ALWAYS here to give advice on anything and everything I know about bullying. 

Stay Strong & Stay Positive,
Courtney Jay 💜

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Skin I'm In

Hello Bashers! I am very eager about this weeks blog topic and hope you all enjoy!

I am sure you have heard of the book, The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake. I have read that book so many times and it is truly empowering. I say that to say how much it contributed to my confidence and to tell you all a story about a teen in Pennsylvania. Tayja Jones-Banks is a junior and decided to go to prom this year! She said she felt amazing and posted pictures after she left the prom that night. The next morning her pictures were all over the internet and not in a positive way. People commenting on her prom outfit saying she looked "fat" and "shouldn't have been wearing that." Tayja was hurt because she felt so confident the day before. She then updated her status and said she wish she had never gone to prom or posted any pictures. This situation hurts my heart because I can relate to that feeling of humiliation.

My heart truly goes out to Tayja and her family! I actually responded to Tayja on Twitter and told her how pretty she looked! You should always be careful what you say online because words can hurt. Even though you may not know someone that does not mean you can say whatever as if they are not a real person. Tayja saw the negative comments about her and everyone who left a comment probably was not thinking about Tayja's feelings. So everyone, think before you act!

Tayja, I hope you to continue to be the beautiful girl you are and I hope to see more prom pictures next year! If anyone knows her social media sites please share this with her!

Stay strong & stay positive,
Courtney Jay 💜

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rest In Peace Amy Joyner

Hello Bashers! This weeks blog is something very close to my heart and I wanted to talk to you all about it. This is a serious issue and incidents like this are unfortunately are becoming more common.

I am not sure if you all have heard the story, but on April 21st, 16 year old, Amy Joyner was  to death and many stories are reporting it is over a boy. The fight broke out in the school bathroom and she was jumped by two girls. The fight was recorded by several students and put on social media. Amy was rushed to the DuPont Hospital in critical condition, but was sadly pronounced dead on the way.

This situation really hit home with me because she is my age. Everyone who knew her described her as nice and kind. The details are still very unclear and the girls were suspended from school. Someone died as a result of this fight and they were only suspended? The two girls who allegedly who beat Amy to death are being interviewed. My mom and I were devastated when we heard about this story because yes, it is bullying. Those girls did not have to do what they did to Amy, a fight never solves any problem. I hope killing her was not their intent, but this is a good example of how a quick decision can last a lifetime. Her life could have possibly been saved if a bystander would have said something, attempted to break up the fight, or immediately went to get an adult. The students who were recording this are just as guilty of playing a role in this unfortunate situation.

I keep Amy and her family in my prayers everyday. I am in the process of trying to contact her family to let them know that Bash Out Bullying stands with them in their mission to bring more awareness to bullying. I also hope this story allows other people to see the seriousness in bullying and being a bystander. I hope at least one person learns from this story to think before you act.

Stay strong & stay positive,
Courtney Jay 💜