Written by Tyra McCowin (Staff Writer)
Recently, students are beginning to recognize the amount of bullying and are taking a stand for other students outside of Bully Prevention Month.
Studies show that approximately 160,000 teens skip school everyday because of bullying. There are a reported 3.2 million students in the world that are bullied in school each year and 4,400 commit suicide each year (“Bullying and Suicide”). Bullying can cause someone to take their life or suffer academically or emotionally. This is why we have students standing up for others and taking action.
Many victims who fight for others know what it’s like themselves to experience bullying.
In an interview with students to hear about what they thought about bullying in our school, they expressed their want to see a change. These students want to see others helping others instead of hurting others.
Kevin Harris, a sophomore, explains that, “You want to treat people how you want to be treated, not how you think they should be treated.”
If a student looks different from you, it doesn’t give you the right to treat them negatively. Give someone a chance. Don’t be quick to judge someone based on how they appear.
Faith Durfee, a sophomore, agrees that “if you know someone is being bullied, then you should tell them to stop and it’s not right, instead of just being a bystander.”
A bystander is someone who is present to the situation but does not take part. No one should be a bystander and watch someone be bullied and not do anything. Most students think that stepping into a situation is a good way they can help stop the bullying that is going on in our school.
In the interview, Faith explains how she sees patterns with bullying. Typically, “the people that get bullied, tend to be the bully themselves without realizing it.”
Sometimes the reason why people bully is because they have problems going on themselves or maybe they are jealous of the person that they are bullying. It still doesn’t give them the right to bully or hurt others.
Kevin observes that, “Because they are new, the group that is being bullied more, are the freshman students.”
Furthermore, sometimes older students find it easier to pick on “fresh meat” because they seem to think that they have the power over younger students.
Students would like to see administration take more action as a solution to this problem. Sarah Grove, a sophomore, says, “administrators don’t do anything. They treat people that are getting bullied like its a second hand thing. Like oh it’s okay, it will be fine, just don’t think about them,ignore them. And it’s not that easy. It’s not that easy to ignore someone that is bullying you because they won’t let you.”
She explains, “I want them, to actually do something. I want them to stop people that are bullying, to give out reprimands, to punish people that are doing this because this can really hurt someone. This can cause them pain. It can really hurt them in the long run.” Kevin explains that he wants to see administration “step in more”and take care of the situation “right away,” instead of “waiting until it blows over.” Laura Nichols, a sophomore, says that she wants to see administration “take bullying seriously”.
Laura explains how she was in a serious bullying situation, and the person who was bullying her “didn’t get suspended at all.” Because of this, she would like to see “more action”.
Mr. Jones, a special education teacher, says administration can inform “students at large.” He said that we could do this “by having an assembly, or some form of demonstration…to show that bullying takes on different forms as opposed to the traditional, physical type of bullying.” Mr. Rooke, a spanish teacher, emphasizes the need to try to continue to create a culture of kindness in the classroom.
Faith says she likes that “at least they are trying.” Every year, in October (bully prevention month), The SCA, Faculty, and staff bring awareness to bullying. However, students want to see awareness all year, instead of just in October.
No one should go through it alone. There is also someone to talk to. A teacher, parent, friend, mentor, or counselor. Students should always have a person there for them. If someone you know plans to harm themselves or others, it is imperative that you tell a trusted adult. Never keep it to yourself because in the end, it can lead to regret. We can all come together and stand up for students who are getting bullied all year long. #SUFSWAGB.