Not a Fan of Bullying

22 Feb

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A friend’s son came into the house after school last week and asked what he should do if another student said that he wanted to fight him. He told his mom that he had not experienced any real trouble with the other boy except for a few exchanges of words and that several students were insisting that a fight or some type of altercation was going to happen. Like any concerned parent, she told her son that she would go with him to the principal’s office the next morning. As she began to ask her son questions about the other boy, he seemed to not want to reveal much about him. He was basically scared of the other student and feared what he would do to him if the principal got involved. This mom eventually learned that her son had been bullied by this other kid for quite some time.

Given the fact that my friend had to deal with her son being bullied at school, I read other starting news today. Radio personality Mark Gunn posted via Facebook this morning that Louisville was ranked #2 in the nation for cyberbullying. Although a different type of bullying than what my friend’s son was experiencing, it is still a very real form of bullying. I conducted a little bit of research after seeing Mr. Gunn’s post and found WAVE News reporting earlier this month that the CDC revealed that suicide was the second leading cause of death for Kentucky teens ages 15-19. Kids who are bullied are more likely to suffer from depression and because parents don’t seem to know all of the signs and symptoms, many children are not getting help. More children are committing suicide at alarming and increasing rates.

Then to complicate matters even more today, I read that a young tennis athlete, Rebecca Marino, was quitting because of being bullied on social media. It is not ok to bully people over the Internet and on social media. At no point should anyone have to stop doing something they love because they are being bullied by someone sitting behind a computer screen. It is very disturbing and the statistics for cyberbullying and teenage suicide in Kentucky is devastating. I guess in some ways what Coach Strong said during his press conference a few months ago is true, “People need to be held accountable for their actions.”

Source: http://www.wave3.com/story/21089473/cyberbullying-and-suicide

Image provided by: http://www.stopcyberbullying.org

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One Response to “Not a Fan of Bullying”

  1. Rosalyn February 23, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    I’d love to hear more about this situation. Hearing an account of this type makes me sad, but it’s also very interesting. Please let us know if this situation develops!

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