OK, Im not usually one to go off the emotional deep end when it comes to twit teens singing poorly on silly tv shows but my wife made me watch a video from The X Factor TV show that made this old Grunt drip like a faucet. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwgr2PTZlIM[/ame] Jill Jensen is a young lady with the dream to become a great singer. She's had her dreams crushed by bullies that taunted and punished her daily for not being General Purpose Losers like them. After telling her story and ending in tears, she sang one of the most heartfelt songs of pain and disillusionment I have ever heard while trying to hold back her tears the whole time. She was a 10+ in my book and both the audience and the Judges concurred by nearly 100% emotionally moved to tears and a standing ovation. Even Simon Cowell lost it! I was raised in a small rural school district, our family moved there from the big city of Syracuse and we were outsiders. Add to that, at six I lost my Father so the Male Role Model that would have told me how to stand my ground never existed in my life. I was scrawny, geeky and matured a bit slower than the boys my age and was ill equipt to deal with punks and was severely bullied when I was a kid. Literally beaten and treated like crap from the moment I got on my 30 mile bus ride to the second I ran off the bus in the afternoon in tears nearly every day. I nearly dropped out of school, drank heavily, did drugs and was heading straight down into a hole I may never have escaped. Life was beyond tolerable and the School System did its best to make sure nothing ever came of it for the bullies so nothing ever changed. They blamed me most often for pushing my face into the fists of those good kids. College wasnt at all the same, not too many bullies but the stigma stuck with me like Gorilla Glue. I continued with the substance abuse and failed out after a year. They say time heals all wounds, maybe but more likely it was the Army that healed mine finally. By the time I finished my first enlistment, nobody was ever gonna crap on my cornflakes again. Mess with this old dogs tail you will get the whole dog, teeth and all! It took my entire life of struggling with my own personal power to become whole and stable so Im coming out here to say the bullying must end and now! There are only 3 types of people that know about bullies. There is the Person being beat down, the people that are doing the beating and those watching the whole thing happen in real time. If your the victim, there's not much you can do about it except learn to move fast, duck and cover and try not to be anywhere bullies are ever. If your either one of the other two, your the problem! Watchers are just as bad as the Bullies themselves because without an audience, the Bully will not act out! We even had a local case last year where a Congressman's Son, A State Troopers Son and a MD's Son beat a 14 year old kid with a developmental disability so hard they broke his Femur at the bus stop in a small affluent community. The bullying had gone on for weeks prior, the fathers all hid behind the Youthful Offender Status of their brats and the only reason anyone knows who did this is because its a small community, everyone knows everything even if the Press hides the facts. http://www.uticaod.com/news/x151219644/Police-Boy-s-leg-broken-by-bully-at-school-bus-stop Watch the video of this brave young lady and if you dont shed a tear, its likely because you have always been one of the other two types of people and never the one being pounded like meat. Tell your kids to shun bullies, report them and make sure that you hear about it. Dont let this travesty continue, its just a horrible senseless thing and must end now.