Did you know that 3.2 million plus more students are being bullied every year? You may not notice it because you may think kids are being kids, but when it’s being brought to your attention, what can you do to prevent it? What even causes bullying to happen?
According to dosomething.org, 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying. Now think if it was your child being bullied you would want that student to stop messing or picking with your child. If a student is being messed with, try to stop it from happening again. Trinity Benson said, “You can try to prevent it, but you can’t stop it from happening. Our generation thinks they are better than one another and because of that, that’s where the conflict comes from.” Another student, Alexis Littleton says, “Keep somethings to yourself. If you have nothing nice to say then don’t say nothing [sic] at all.”
Above all what’s the point of bullying or picking with someone if you don’t want it done to you? There’s really no point of bullying if you have or haven’t been through it yourself. Sure you can laugh and tease your friend, but don’t do it to someone else not knowing what they’ve been through. Joshua Dawson explains, “Bullying is a very unspecific word. It really depends on what you mean by it. Bothering someone is not bullying and teasing isn’t either.” Bullying actually has different meanings and different people interpret bullying in different ways. Bullying is when someone use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.
Bullies should know that it can always happen to them and it’s not a good feeling to be bullied. Trinity Benson continues, “Bullying is irrelevant, because no one is better than another. It’s just how someone views another person and that’s what they go off of. You can’t judge no one if you’re not perfect yourself.”
Ever heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? The person that you’re going off of what you see could be nicest person in the world or the worst, but you wouldn’t know if you don’t get to know that person. Alexis Littleton says, “Bullying is just judging someone off of what that someone sees. Bullying is not right, no one should get judged. You don’t have anyone judging you so you shouldn’t judge no one [sic] else.”
Bullying is not acceptable and needs to be stopped. Children our generation are committing suicide because they are being bullied. 160,000 teens skip school and 1 in 10 students drop out of school. That may not seem like a lot right now, but soon it’ll add up and those kids that dropped out of school could have became something in their life. That may not seem like a lot right now but soon it’ll add up and those kids that dropped out of school could have became something in their life. Bullying is not acceptable and needs to be stopped. If you see someone being picked on, tell someone like an adult or a grown up.
“11 Facts About Bullying.” DoSomething.org | Volunteer for Social Change. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
Benson, Trinity. Personal Interview. 3 April 2017.
Dawson, Joshua. Personal Interview. 5 April 2017.
Littleton, Alexis. Personal Interview. 3 April 2017.