By: Makayla Kays/Junior Writer
Many people have different views of what bullying is, and different opinions on whether
a business or school has a bullying problem or not. Bullying is not just physical or threatening, it is purposeful emotional harm, as well. Although some may disagree, it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
I had the chance to ask a sophomore BR student, who requested to remain anonymous, some questions about her personal experience with bullying. She stated “I personally have been bullied by several people throughout my school career at Blue Ridge.” The student further stated that though the bullying took place at school, it affected every aspect of her life.
In an article written by my peers, Sierra Watts and Nicole Swisher, the authors write, “Everyone differs in opinion and we all react to situations differently.” Yes, that may be true, but once you execute those opinions in a personal manner it becomes bullying.
Furthermore, Watts and Swisher also write: “The bottom line is that people need to stop using the term ‘bullying’ when they are personally offended because they are just drawing attention away from other, more serious cases of legitimate bullying.” In my opinion this is very harsh and insensitive to kids who deal with bullying. No one has the right to determine if someone’s hurt feelings are “legitimate” or not. A lot of teen suicides happen from unreported bullying. Many victims deal with bullying in harmful ways, noted in this article on self harm.
Bullying is not just a physical threat. Preventing Bullying.promote prevent.org, a site that is dedicated to offer parents, educators, and community members the tools and information to commit fully to preventing bullying, says that bullying is an array of behaviors, such as physical bullying: kicking or pushing, verbal bullying: name-calling or yelling, relational bullying: excluding or rumor-spreading, and/or cyberbullying which involves sending hurtful messages over digital devices like computers and cell phones.
Sophomore student Brooke Marvin says, “I believe the term “bullying” can never be overused because in my eyes, every threat, comment, feeling, etc should be addressed [and] looked at through a personal level”.
Logan Burdick is a 12th grade, first year journalism student. He is the National Honor Society Secretary and an FBLA Reporter in the Blue Ridge chapters, and also participates in theatre. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.