Mother turns author to tackle bullying

admin | 1/22/2012, 7:30 a.m.

Bullying is a topic that is sometimes hard for parents to address and it is even harder for the children that are the victims. Sherria L. Elliott, 41, whose daughter has been a victim of bullying is helping parents and children to deal with bullying through her book But mommy it's not fair. What motivated me to write my book was my daughter Sheterria, Sherria said. The process was very therapeutic for me because I got the chance to share my daughters thoughts and feelings on being born looking white, when she is really Black, with the world. Writing also helped me to teach the world that it is OK to be different. Bullying is not just physical anymore, it is mental as well. Sheterria Elliot, 12, Sherrias daughter, was a victim of mental bullying because of her condition of Albinism, the complete absence of melanin in her skin. Other than writing her book to shed light on bullying Sherria said she hopes the book will bring the hurtful culture to an end. I think my book will help to deter bullying, because it is very visual with pictures of different emotions that all kids who can see or readit will be able to relate, she said.They will understand how someone can be made to feel sad because they are different and hopefully this will change their bullying actions. Recently, State Representative Dwight M. Bullard, 34, District 118 held a press conference on the steps of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board building downtown to introduce his anti-bullying legislation, House Bill 627, Sheterria was named the face of Bullards bill. Hopefully, my book impacts both children and parents positively, Sherria said. I want Sheterrias story to be a role model to kids by teaching them to embrace each others differences and stop bullying others because of it. I want my message to parents to be loving and supportive by teaching their kids awareness of any differences they may encounter in others. By Randy Gricergrice@miamitimesonline.com