Take a Stand, Lend a Hand

Our group decided to tackle the topic of bullying because we wanted to bring light to it. We wanted to inform people that bullying happens everyday and it can go unseen. Even though not everyone sees it, it is still there and can lead to harmful consequences. Everyone should take a stand against bullying.

What really is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.  

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Interesting Facts

  • 1 in every 4 people have been bullied
  • 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year
  • Approximately 160,000 teens skip school each day because of bullying
  • Only 36% of people admit to being bullied
  • Students victimized by their peers were 2.4 times more likely to report suicidal thoughts and 3.3 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than youth who reported not being bullied
  • More than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes

Watch this video for a representation of how bullying can go unnoticed and can lead to awful consequences. 

Bullying flies under the radar and influences someone so mentally it can cause them to do things that are crazy and unexpected. Bullying is a ripple effect. It can lead to cutting, depression, and mental issues. It does not get as much attention as it needs and is a serious problem. In this video you can see that no one saw or stood up for the kid being bullied. This caused him to lash out and shoot up his school. Bullying needs to be stopped. Did you notice the guy? I bet you didn’t. Who would have thought something that terrible could have come from bullying?

One of Our Sides

I witnessed first hand  by what bullying does to someone. One of my best friends got bullied last year. People would call her names and tell her she was trash. They would sometimes throw things at her and made her feel worthless. It impacted her in every way possible. Her self-esteem plummeted, she was depressed, and she would come to practice looking tired and drained. Whenever she was having a bad day at practice, she would become even more upset than she already was. She would be very sensitive and say “Maybe they’re right. Maybe I really am a piece of trash.” She would Facetime me after school and cry because they were so mean to her. Eventually the bullies left her alone and she slowly rebuilt her self worth. Bullying is not right. It destroys someone physically and mentally. No one should ever have to be put through bullying.

I wrote this short narrative to share how bullying has affected me personally. I wanted people to know that bullying doesn’t just affect your life at school, it affects you in almost every way possible. It made someone I cared about feel miserable and I realized how unfair bullying is. She did nothing to these people and they hated her and wanted to make her feel bad about herself. Bullying is harmful and needs to be stopped.

This story isn’t uncommon to see. There are millions of other stories just like this one that happen everyday. Click here to see stories of how bullying has affected others.

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You never know the full story. Don’t bully!!

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There are many types of bullying. You may be bullying someone and not even realize it. People interpreter what you say and do different than you think. Everyone is fighting their own battle so be careful of what you say to others.

You Are Not Alone

Even celebrities have been bullied before.

“I had a really tough time when I was in middle school,” the X Factor judge, 20, tells PEOPLE. “People would write ‘hate petitions’ [about me] and send them around to be signed. They’d have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They’d come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away.” -Demi Lovato

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Everyone is going through their own battles. Don’t judge someone when you don’t know their full story. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Think before you say something, because you might regret it later. Everyone is unique, everyone has their own insecurities,  no one is better or worse than anyone else, so treat everybody with the same amount of respect.  You may not be the actual bully, but being a bystander doesn’t make you any better. Stand up when you see a problem. Often bystanders are scared that if they help someone being bullied that their group of friends will exclude them. However, you are  actually sending a message to the bully that their actions are unacceptable. Take action. Bullying needs to be prevented. If you are being bullied, don’t keep it to yourself. Bottling up these hateful feelings won’t do any good. Keep your head up and seek adults for help.

This is our survey we made about bullying. Please feel free to take it!

Please comment below your story and how bullying has affected you, or if you have any advice for someone being bullied!

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