The Right, the Wrong, and Everything in Between

Imagine that your friends start making fun of someone. You really, really want them to like you and you are desperate to fit in. It would be easy to just laugh along, but what would be the right thing to do?

If your friends (or other people) are teasing someone, do not join in. You may think it’s harmless to just stand there, or even laugh, but it’s not. The people who are teasing will assume you agree with them unless you tell them otherwise. Even if the teasing seems harmless, it could really hurt the victim’s feelings. Imagine yourself in their shoes! Would you feel good if those things were being said to you or about you? If the answer is no, then tell these people that what they are doing is wrong! If they are truly your friends, they’ll understand. As Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” You should speak up, no matter what. If they mind, that’s their problem. If they’re really people whose friendships are worthwhile for you, they won’t mind. You’ll only regret the things you didn’t say. You’ll never regret the times you spoke up for the right thing.

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