Shame on Walmart!
The photo above was taken at our local Super Walmart this weekend. I spotted this shirt as we headed for the checkout with our groceries. Most people would probably just roll their eyes and continue on with their shopping. Not me. I do not think this is funny or cute at all.
The retail giant refuses to carry certain music CDs because the lyrics go against Walmart's family values. It appears however, that bullying is one of Walmart's family values.
According to Stop-Bullies.com every 7 minutes a U.S. girl is bullied in school. Almost 30 percent of teens are said to be involved in some form of school bullying. Bullying in our schools has become an epidemic. Bullying accounts for many days missed from school, childhood and teen depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and even suicide. I've read that about 25 or more children commit suicide each year because they've been the victim of bullying. Tragedies like the Columbine shooting have involved a child who was habitually harassed and bullied.
Bullying and Cyber-Bullying has become a hot topic in schools, on the news and on TV talk shows. Horrific videos of violent girls brutally beating other girls keep surfacing online and on the morning news shows. Organizations like the National PTA, Peaceful Schools International, Love Our Children USA, Pacer Kids Against Bullying, and even the National Crime Prevention Council, to name a few, are working at increasing awareness, offering resources and programs for kids, parents and schools to help wipe out the bullying epidemic in this country.
So with all of this going on - I want to know WHY does Walmart think bullying is cute or funny, and find it acceptable to put this garbage that promotes Queen Bee and Bully mentality in girls acceptable? I guess I know the answer....the almighty dollar. Shame on you Walmart. Once again, money is more important than people.
I DO have to mention and give Kudos to MTV for the show Challenge Day and their new Tuesday evening series "If You Really Knew Me" . This is a program designed to bring kids together - to build connections, empathy, and build a world where kids feel loved, safe and celebrated. It's a non-profit program that offers 1 day seminars for students in grades 7-12 in schools across America. I think this program is AMAZING and wish it were mandatory in every single school, every year from 5th grade up!