Take action on bullies
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