Coming to grips with bullies
Editor’s note: the author of this letter is a student at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, and penned these words as part of a writing course.
Bullying has seen a dramatic increase in today’s society. Many students are bullied, but the sad part is they do not seek help to stop the bullying. No one should have to go through any type of bullying alone. Bullying can be prevented, and I believe that if we could only work together we could do something about this and hopefully minimize bullying.
Bullying happens all around us, in our everyday lives. According to stopabully.ca, bullying occurs once every seven minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in a classroom. No child should ever have to go to school knowing they will be bullied. Not only is bullying hurtful it damages students’ abilities to perform well in school and in the future.
One out of 10 students drops out of school because of being bullied. Statistics show that each day, 160,000 students miss school for the fear they will be bullied. Can you imagine that many students staying home in one day? How can these students prepare for the future if they miss school so often?
There are multiple signs to show that your child is possibly getting bullied. One of the main points tends to be: inventing new illnesses such as headaches or stomach aches to be able to miss school. Another major point: change in school work and attitude. An example of this is a hard working student always striving to achieve the best possible marks, ends up with no motivation to do the work and grades start to drop (stopbullying.gov).
Two thirds of students surveyed said that they did not think schools responded well to bullying incidents, (dosomething.org). If this could change I believe that many more students would freely approach teachers
about being bullied. If teachers started to monitor students whose behaviour and attitude towards school changes, I believe that we could eliminate some of the bullying going on.
I am glad to see that in my school and surrounding schools, bullying assemblies are performed. This is a great way to seek help and educate students on the severity of bullying. I also believe it helps those students that are getting bullied know that there are people who care.
I am also glad to see that many schools around the province wear pink to support anti-bullying days. These days, like the assemblies, help the students getting bullied know they can speak up about it and get help. It is great to see so many students getting involved in anti-bullying days.
Together, I truly believe we can help reduce bullying and prevent many students from being afraid. All it takes is motivation and belief. Every student has the right to feel happy and safe at school, so let’s stand up together against bullying and put a stop to it.