Bullying-A Scary New World
Posted by Cynthia D'Alba
I’m participating in an Anti-Bullying blogfest today. There are lots of other authors joining in, telling their stories, sharing their experiences. I encourage you to follow the links at the bottom of my post and read theirs today.
Today we see or read horrifying stories about kids being bullies. They may be bullying a classmate, a bus monitor, or even a teacher. The crazy thing is how many of the bullies film their attacks, proud to post them to Facebook and YouTube. And the incidents of bullying via Facebook is alarming to say the least.
In my own town, we have a situation where a bus driver (an adult) was pushed and threatened by a high school student, a male. The driver did as she was supposed to. She reported the incident to the principal. Now, you’re probably thinking the principal immediately pulled the high school boy in for at least a chat about the incident and maybe even some type of punishment, but that’s not what happened. The student was a major player on the football team. There was a big game coming up. They needed him to play. Nothing…and I mean NOTHING…was done. The bus driver still has to drive this bully to and from school every day. She’s scared. She went to the sheriff’s office and made a report since the principal refused to take action. The incident is under investigation. I hope the superintendent of the district is looking seriously at the conduct of this principal.
I’ll confess to being from an older generation. We didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, etc. Heck, we didn’t have computers way back in the dark ages. So am I saying that bullying is a new development of today’s media-hungry teens?
Not at all. Bullying goes back for generations. We will always have bullies. The difference today is…we don’t have to take it anymore.
Take stand against bullying. Speak up when you see it. Report it to the proper authorities. Don’t let a bully hide. Only by shinning a light on this dark subject can focus and attention to the problem.
Now, go see what others have to say on the subject.