By: Grace Graf/Senior writer and Madison Makosky/Junior Writer
According to a BR senior who wishes to stay anonymous, bullying is “Constantly bothering or picking on someone for enjoyment.”
She says she’s been accused of bullying but really she was the one being bullied. “Someone accused me of being a bully by physically and emotionally harming them. It turned out they were the bully because they made up the whole thing to make themselves seem like the victim.”
Another BR senior who wishes to stay anonymous says, “To me, bullying is repeatedly using words or actions to harm someone for your own benefit.”
She was also put in the same situation. She was accused of bullying, but she felt that she was the one being bullied.
She says, “Someone accused me of being the bully by physically hurting them so they looked like the victim.”
Although this may seem like bullying, according to the school handbook it is not.
According to Blue Ridge’s handbook, bullying is “An intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive”.
Harassment is different and often confused with bullying. The dictionary definition of harassment is “an act or instance of harassing; torment, vexation, or intimidation.”
An anonymous sophomore says, “Bullying to me is when a person uses actions or words to continuously hurt another person that isn’t able to stand up for themselves.”
She says she has never been bullied but she has been in a situation that was considered harassment.
She states, “Personally I didn’t think I was being bullied at this time but the situation I was in showed how hurtful words can really be and we should all be aware that we can’t take them back. I can’t imagine going through that everyday; I could never be a person who is able to put up with such rude behavior.”
She finishes by saying, “Although we have our ups and down I’m glad I’m in a community where bullying doesn’t overpower kindness.”
Different Types of Bullying
A form of bullying happens every day around the world. The main types of bullying are physical bullying which includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching, or destroying personal property.
Verbal bullying which includes name calling, insults, teasing, inappropriate comments, or verbal abuse.
Social bullying is also referred to as covert bullying. It is often harder to recognize and can be carried out. It’s designed to harm someone’s social reputation or to cause humiliation.
The last type is cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, phones, and other electronic devices.
Bullying at BR
Consequences of bullying at BR include counseling within the school, parental conference, loss of school privileges, and having to transfer to another classroom or another school bus. Others include exclusion from school sponsored activities, and counseling or therapy outside of school. You can even get a referral to law enforcement officials. The worst of them are detention, suspension, and expulsion.
According to Principal Casey Webster, the most common type of bullying she sees is over the phone.
She says, “The best way to prevent this is to just block the person and move on.”
Webster says, “We have a cell phone policy in place to help prevent cyber bullying during the school day.”
According to her, “Bullying is seen most during transitional time and when there’s no supervision. This includes in between classes, on the buses, in the locker rooms, and more.
The admin team is reviewing the bullying policy and working on putting a system into place so parents, guardians, and coaches can report bullying.
According to Webster, “Parents/guardians/coaches etc. would access the form from our website and fill it out to give any details they have that would help the school investigate the issue.”
Once it’s reviewed, updated, and approved by the school board, it will be put into effect during the 2023-2024 school year.
She says, “The admin team thinks the addition of the reporting form would be proactive and would give us information students might not feel comfortable reporting to someone at school.”
BR has not had any serious cases of bulling in multiple years.
For past articles about bulling at BR, visit https://www.raiderreader.org/?s=bullying
For more BR Board Policies, visit https://go.boarddocs.com/pa/blur/Board.nsf/Public?open&id=policies