This is one of the less fun-to-read
Here's an interesting thing to think about: You probably have someone in your class who is being bullied. And then you most likely have someone in your class who is doing the bullying.
Do you really think saying, "Bully, stop the bullying!"
is going to help? The ones who most often have to take the first step is the people who are on the sidelines - the people who aren't bullies, and who aren't being bullied themselves. "It doesn't have anything to do with me,"
is an excuse that won't help anyone
. Team up with someone you know and protect the victim. It may even save someone from taking/ruining their own lives.Have a true story:
A few decades ago a kid was being bullied in class. The child had difficulties reading aloud, amongst other things, yet the bully in class would always volunteer that child every time the teacher asked who wanted to read next. Everyone knew who did the bullying, but did nothing. After a while the homeroom teacher called out a lot of the other kids in class to have a chat with them. He did not call out the bullies - only the pupils who were seemingly the "best" in class. The best in sports, the one with the highest grades, the most popular one, the most including one and so on. "I'm sure you know why you're here,"
said the teacher. "You're all here because of the child who is being bullied."
The pupils got nervous and started protesting. "But we haven't done anything!"
they claimed. "Exactly!"
said the teacher. "You can't expect the bully to stop bullying by himself. That's naïve. It's people like you who can stop the bullying dead."
And from then on, every time the bully would try to pick on the bullying victim or volunteer them for reading aloud in class, someone would always voice their disagreement or step in between, until the bully realized his bullying wasn't accepted or looked at as entertaining at all.Have another true story:
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take out a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up, but not rip it up. Then she told them to unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty it was. She then told them to tell it they're sorry. Now, even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind, and that those scars will never go away, no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child. They may say they're sorry, but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.If you feel like sharing your own stories, do go ahead. You're not alone out there! (: Fight-o!