Jamel Myles Is Dead Because Of Bullies

Bullying in school is unfortunately, for many students, part and parcel of the education experience for many students.

Jamel Myles should be joining his peers for a new school year. Instead, he lies in his grave. He killed himself last week after experiencing an entire school year in which he and his older sister were constantly bullied. According to his mother, Leia Pierce, the administration did nothing to stop the bullying, especially after her son came out to her over the summer.

The boy’s grandmother, Jacque Miller, disagree’s with her daughter.

“The statement that it takes a village to raise a child is true,” she said. “And the village is broken.”

I agree with both statements. While the administration played it’s part, I believe that our overall culture had a hand in the unnecessary suicide of a young boy. Many members of the LGBTQ community experience bullying, regardless of whether they are in the close or out of the closet. There is also, from my perspective, a permissive attitude of parents and teachers that bullying in school is normal and part of the educational experience. It shouldn’t be, but it is. We should be teaching our children and ourselves to at least respect others, even if they are different or if we disagree with them.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to bring Jamel Myles back to life. But, we can honor his memory and the memory of too many who have taken their lives due to bullying by teaching our children and ourselves to respect others.

RIP James Myles. May your memory be a blessing.

Do Writers Write To Be Read Or Do Writers Write For The Sake Of Writing?

For many writers, the goal is to become a professional writer in whatever genre or format they write in. But the reality is, that for every writer who has that successful career, there are many for whom writing is a side project or an unfulfilled dream.

In the new movie The Wife, (based on the book of the same name by Meg Wolitzer), Joan Castleman (Annie Starke) is an undergrad in the late 1950’s. Her professional goal is to become a writer. When she meets Elaine Mozell (Elizabeth McGovern) at an alumni event, they have a discussion about being a writer and writing. Elaine has been published, but her book only resides in the alumni library. Joan insists that writers write for the sake of writing. Elaine responds that writers write to be read.

The conversation begins at 1:16.

From my perspective, both arguments are valid. Sometimes, you write for the sake of it. You write just to get it down, regardless of quality. But, at the same time, the goal for all writers is to see their name in print, whether that is on a byline or under the title of a book.

Charlotte Bronte once said the following:

 “I’m just going to write because I cannot help it”

I’m a firm believer in that whether we write to be published or write for sake of writing, it is the act of writing that matters.

Readers, what do you think? Do you write to be published or do you write just for the sake of writing? I would love to know your thoughts.

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