Will the world ever be free of bullying? Parents bully children, children bully parents. Students bully other students. Students bully teachers, teachers bully students. Not so smart kids bully smart kids, smart kids bully not so smart kids. No one is free from bullying handicapped people are bullied, little kids, big kids, sick kids, happy kids, nice kids, and not so nice kids. Adults are just as guilty. Bosses bully their workers and workers bully each other. According to the Bloomberg View there is bullying in the military. Old people, young people and people of every race, nationality, religion, gender, sex and culture are bullied. October is National Bullying Awareness Month the message remains: When you see bullying speak-up and speak-out! Tell someone. People must be aware of the volume and scope of the number of people being bullied each day as well as the resulting deaths.
Bullying has changed. It is no longer face-to-face bullying. Bullying is being done long distance, through the internet, tweets, facebook and other networking sites for many to participate and the entire world to see. Recently, I received a threatening bullying email from a student who wasn’t happy with her grade. Using the school email system she warned me, “I strongly suggest you tread lightly in this regard.” It is not clear what she meant however threats and bullying should not be tolerated from children or adults.
Today, two Florida girls Guadalupe Shaw and Kaitlin Roman, 12 and14-years-old was arrested for bullying classmate Rebecca Sedwick who committed suicide. There are laws against bullying. Forty-nine of the fifty United States has passed laws against bullying. Georgia was the first state to sign an anti-bullying law and Montana is the only state that does not have an anti-bullying law. New Jersey strengthened their law by adding an Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights to their laws after the death of Rutgers University Student, Tyler Clementi. His death brought attention to LGBT bullying.
Every act of bullying must be addressed. As long as bullies are able to get away with their behavior they will continue to harm others. When you see bullying speak-up and speak-out your voice may save a life.