Treat others the way you want to be treated. This is the golden rule that has been etched into our minds since we were in kindergarten. It should be common sense to be kind to your peers, but apparently that’s not the case as we grow older.
Anti-Bullying Month, October, is a nationally celebrated awareness month and is helpful because over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year according to DoSomething.org, a site that also says only 75% of teachers recognize bullying.
Health Science 1 teacher Michelle Howell is an advocate for stopping all forms of bullying. “Having an awareness month is good because it is a problem, it scares people emotionally and mentally.” She also went on to state that, “when you see [bullying] going on, you need to stand up.”
“My favorite thing about anti-bullying month is the fact that we raise awareness of different types of bullying,” Evy Mosqueda-Garcia (’17) claimed.
By age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their peers about bullying. Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and will turn out to be ineffective.
Bri Stallworth (’17) stated, “Everyone has been bullied in some way, shape, or form.” She described how she used to be verbally bullied in middle school, unlike Mosqueda-Garcia, who claims that she has never actually seen anyone being bullied, or has never been bullied herself.
Nationally, approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. To help in the process of eradicating the threat of bullying, Mrs. Howell and the No’ Bacco participate in, “Stand Up Step Up,” at the Dash Stadium.
For more information on anything dealing with anti-bullying month contact Ms. Walls.
Hotlines for people dealing with bullying and feel like they have no one else to talk to:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: 741-741
All of the hotlines above are 24/7 and will help and talk to you for any problem that you may have.