On April 19, 2005 Clay Aiken joined Dr. Phil and his son to discuss the topic of bullying. In a powerful show, Clay & Dr. Phil brought to the forefront how devastating bullying can be. Although this show aired four years ago, the topic unfortunately remains a timely one.
For an excellent recap of the show and video of Clay talking to kids being tormented at school, I recommend reading and viewing at The Clay Aiken News Network.
Clay Aiken Meets Dr. Phil
Now for my editorial comment. I teach my children that bullying is never okay. Unfortunately, my job as a parent is made more difficult when making fun of people on television, the radio, movies and on the internet is acceptable behavior. I'm sure Clay Aiken thought that bullying was behind him once he left High School - little did he know that it had just begun and how vicious it could be. Clay is a great role model - he ignores the bullies, holds his head high and continues to live his life. I wish I could be half as strong as he is.