Recently there was a mandatory video shown to our student body in the morning announcements about bullying. I thought that it was meaningful and caused a change in perspective for many students.
` Being a high school student who has been bullied a little in the past I always felt the need to stick up for people I see getting picked on at school. A lot of students get bullied on social media and it can lead to some extreme circumstances like depression, or even suicide. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention From 1999 through 2017, the age-adjusted suicide rate increased 33%.
Many students don’t realize that they are seeing bullying going on because a lot of people just see it as messing around and joking. In my opinion, the video was effective because it really showed people that you need to stick up for others. Even if it’s a joke to one person, it might not be a joke to the person who is getting picked on. You never know what someone else is going through.
Some might argue that the video could actually encourage bullies. While I don’t think that just one video can make all bullies change, I think that one video definitely could change the mindsets of some, causing them to band together and to stick up for those who can’t speak up for themselves.
Some victims of bullying are afraid to tell someone what is going on because they don’t want the problem to get worse. If you are a victim of bullying, there are a lot of people you can talk to that will be there for you, whether that is a trusted adult, a parent or guardian, school counselor, a therapist, or even a trusted friend or sibling. There is no shame in asking for help. Not many people know that counseling services are available at Buena. so I think we should create more awareness by putting it in the morning announcements for everyone to see.
While talking with some of my friends on this topic junior, Quinn Walker stated, “I think that it is a good start to making a change here on campus but one video isn’t going to make a big change, we need to do something more drastic so that people really see what bullying can do to a person. Maybe we could have an assembly with a guest speaker talking about it .”
While signing in American Sign Language junior Makayla Skelton said “being able to sign, I think it’s cool that they included the deaf community in our Buena High School
. I do think that it could change the perspectives of some bullies but only to a certain extent. if you do see bullying around campus you should stand up to it because it is not okay.” she also mentioned, “ I think that we really need to enforce the zero bullying tolerance policy. . .”
As a school we are one union and need to stick together. We need to stop putting each other down and make going to school bearable. School in itself is already hard and we all need to work together to make it feel like a safe place for everyone.