Take ac­tion on bul­lies

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Imag­ine your kids or grand­kids get­ting bul­lied and not speak­ing up. Anti-bul­ly­ing is strongly en­forced in schools, but it never seems like any­thing is ever done about it. Al­though bul­ly­ing is a se­ri­ous con­cern in schools, I think more can be done.

The school I at­tended didn’t have coun­sel­ing and things other schools had. While it en­forced the bul­ly­ing pol­icy, it re­ally didn’t take it se­ri­ously for me. I thought it would have helped the peo­ple that come for­ward who said peo­ple would be talk­ing about them and things like that. For ex­am­ple, my ninth-grade class­mate was bul­lied. She was teased about how she looked and how she was dressed. She would hide in the bath­room and skip class and cry. One day I think she had enough when she went in the bath­room and never came back out. A girl found her on the bath­room floor af­ter she tried to kill her­self by tak­ing mul­ti­ple pills.

We all knew about her sit­u­a­tion, but no­body said any­thing. Thank God she’s alive and well to­day.

For things to change, we must wake up. Get in­volved. Kids need to com­mu­ni­cate with par­ents more. The school prin­ci­pal and teach­ers should take mat­ters in their hands very se­ri­ously. They should not just say, “Oh, well, I’m tak­ing your re­cess away.” The par­ents should im­me­di­ately be no­ti­fied and then they should take some ac­tion if noth­ing is done. CHELSEA HOL­I­DAY

Lit­tle Rock

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