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‘Wright’ on Time

Jodiann Wright addresses social tyranny with new children’s book ‘Don’t be a Bully’

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter
Wright on Time: Jodiann Wright tackles the issue of bullying with her new children’s book.
Wright on Time: Jodiann Wright tackles the issue of bullying with her new children’s book.
Wright on Time: Jodiann Wright tackles the issue of bullying with her new children’s book.
Wright on Time: Jodiann Wright tackles the issue of bullying with her new children’s book.
‘Don’t be a Bully’ showcases courage, acceptance and inclusion.
‘Don’t be a Bully’ showcases courage, acceptance and inclusion.
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From drastic climate changes to incomprehensible diseases, we are truly living in some unprecedented times. The doom and gloom that the world is experiencing is only being exacerbated by all the negativity which continues to plague all walks of life. And with cyberbullying now at an all-time high, Jodiann Wright has decided to address this social tyranny from early with her new children’s book.

Don’t be a Bully tackles the issue in a school setting. “I love children, and I always wanted to do something that related to them. Reading to children is a great way to bond with them, stimulate their imagination and teach them life lessons,” Wright told Living.

The Jamaican, who lives overseas, knows first hand what it is like to be bullied. “I’ve dealt with bullying as a child. I was bullied by both children and adults.” She recalled in her youth being teased by older members of a performing arts group for being too ‘tough’, a dig at her figure. That harsh comment left a stain on a young and impressionable Wright, who had no choice but to cut her stage dream short, drop out and move on. “Children out here are scared to go to school and are even killing themselves from being bullied every day. I want to put a stop to this horrifically taunting practice,” she added.

As a flight attendant, she has had her fair share of run-ins with unruly passengers, and she, unfortunately, knows a thing or two about cyberbullying. She believes that if a positive influence can be nurtured and instilled from a formative stage with her book, then maybe she can make the world a better place.

Although the book is short, it took her approximately three months to perfect. She went through a new publisher, Rated AG, and was delighted by the results. She also met with Russian illustrator Katerina Votes, and after speaking a few times, she felt like the ideal fit. “We just connected,” she revealed.

The new children’s book author hopes that her book sheds a little more light on the issue of bullying and how young ones are affected mentally from this age-old bad habit. “I hope that children reading the book, and adults alike, realise that it is not okay to bully, intimidate, pick on or judge each other for our differences. And more importantly, I want the book to demonstrate an acceptance of one’s self and encourage children to stand up for themselves.”

Don’t be a Bully is available for purchase on Amazon.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com