Think bullying is okay? Think it’s not hurtful, isolating, or something we as a society should confront? Think it’s just something people have to deal with, and should suck it up and get over it already?

So do I! We should be friends.

If you’re fine just being a bystander to bullying, it’s time you sit down and listen up, because I am okay with all that too. This subject is finally being seriously discussed in our country, and quite frankly, if you think bullying is not a problem that parents and school boards need to immediately address, then we should hang out. Soon.

Some people think that bullying has no effect. Some people don’t want to acknowledge that bullying has a lifelong impact. To those people, I say: Wow, I’ve never met someone who feels the same way I do about bullying. We already have so much in common—it’d be crazy not to meet up again, or chat, or even just email about this.

Bottom line: We’re not talking enough about bullying, and I think we should talk about how we think it’s fine over coffee, or somewhere else, if you’ve got any ideas.

…if you think bullying is not a problem that parents and school boards need to immediately address, then we should hang out. Soon.

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Think of the kid who sits alone at lunch. Think of the child who comes home every day feeling terrible about themselves, with nowhere to turn. Think of the millions of people, young and old, who develop depression each year from social isolation. It’s nice to agree that these circumstances aren’t a direct result of bullying! If you honestly believe these kids aren’t a product of bullying, well then, you sound just like me.

Who knows? We might even agree on other social issues.

Remember: By doing nothing, you are personally contributing to a culture of bullying. You are complicit. And that’s exactly what I wanted to talk to you about, because I actually don’t really care about whether or not I’m part of the problem.

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So, I’ll ask you again: Still think bullying is okay? Great! I’ll see you tomorrow.