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IS IT JUST DRAMA OR IS IT BULLYING?

     Bullying—the act of harassing or intimidating a person—is wrong pure and simple. Statistics for 2010 show that over 2.7 million kids are bullied every year in the U.S., and of that number, more than 160,000 miss school because they are bullied.      Bullying is defined as the continued harassment or intimidation of a person who appears to be weaker or different. Some people, like the father of a student who posted a video on line of a classmate who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, feel it is the victim’s fault, and that his or her actions are to blame. Others believe that kids have always joked about someone and it’s just “drama”, and should be ignored. But, I have to ask, is it just drama or a victim’s fault when personal property is destroyed, jackets are slashed, violence is threatened or actually carried out, or rumors are spread through social media? You decide. ·Two first grader boys are pushed then punched by a second grader, and forced t…
BULLYING: Why Should I care?
Recently I wrote a short story called Jumping Puddles for a children’s magazine. In it, a third grader named Angie faced an aggressive bully at school. Threatened both emotionally and physically by a girl a year older and much bigger than she was, Angie was forced to take part in a demonstration of skill. In the end, Angie learned that she did not have to prove herself to anyone, and even found something she admired in her bully. Wouldn’t it be nice if all cases of bullying ended the same way? Unfortunately, they do not.
All one has to do is listen to the news, or read a newspaper to find the detrimental effects of bullying. In one of my neighboring towns, several young people—one was only eleven—have taken their own lives in the last two years.
As a mother and grandparent, I am outraged, and in that anger, I have to ask, why? Why would a child—yes, I said child—feel that what a classmate thinks, says, or does is so bad that he or she no longer wants to live…