Bullying is a huge problem in today’s society and many are taking their lives because of this. Victims end up hurting themselves physically to distract themselves from the mental pain that bullies inflict. In my opinion the issue of bullying may subside, but it will never end. I believe this because we can not change a person’s personality or decisions, but we can help them become a better person. Bullying is a cycle where those hurt and insecure want to release their pain on someone else. By doing this, the bullies have a belief that they are boosting their self-esteem. I believe that the bully needs support and care because they are being bullied somewhere else. Due to the issue of bullying, the rate of school absences are increasing, which takes away learning opportunities for students.
Everyone has experienced bullying, whether it’s on themselves or to someone else. I believe each person has dealt with it in their own way. Some take their experience and use it to make them stronger, while some drown in the negativity. It is important for schools to deal with the issue of bullying because many students are being distracted from their education. The bullies at school terrorize the victims to the point where they do not want to go to school. School is suppose to be a safe environment, but the bullies make it into a dreadful place for other students. Students should be taught to love themselves from a trustworthy adult. Those who accept themselves are less likely to bully others. Schools can help deal with the issue of bullying by helping or teaching kids to be social. Teachers and other adults should show that they are trustworthy, so the students have someone to talk to. Schools, the society, and parents should influence positivity to children while they are young so that bullying is less likely to occur as they grow up.
After watching the movie, “Bully,” I felt more knowledgeable of the issue of bullying. I did not think bullying in real life could ever get that physical. I always believed that bullying was more of a verbal situation. It infuriated me how rude other students were to Alex on the school bus. Why can’t the other students mind their own business? In the movie, it enraged me that the school’s staff took bullying as a joke. The teachers from Kelby’s story bullied her for being lesbian. Ty Smalley’s school said that bullying was not a reason for his suicide, but his friends say the opposite. The fact that some kids in the movies saw death as a final resort saddens me.
The story of Tyler Long was significant to me because Tyler had social issues. Many teenagers out there have social issues and it should be seen. The fact that Tyler’s father knew about his social issues and did not do anything to help his son is wrong. Parents should help their kids in this area so they won’t be outcasted growing up. I like the fact that Tyler’s parents used their son’s suicide to bring awareness to the issue of bullying. They held meetings to discuss ways of solving the problem, but the schools and adults did not take the issue seriously. Is a child taking their own life not terrible enough? I felt that Tyler’s parents wanted to spread awareness so that no other parent would have to endure the same pain they did. I am glad that they decided to do something about bullying. It is sad that they had to bring in another victim to catch the people’s attention.
--C.N., 10th grade English 2 CP student