Bullying: What Can We Do to help?

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Bullying: What Can We Do to help?

Haleigh McGlothin, Writer

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We see on the news, on social media, or even around our schools; that yet another teen or child has done a tragic thing by taking their own life. The biggest reason why teens and children commit suicide is over bullying. In the world today we judge, make fun, use negative words and actions towards each other. Here at Bourbon County, I talked to a few teachers and students about bullying. I talked to a student, Shaun Willoughby. Shaun was bullied in 8th grade. “They would call me mean names, make fun of me, threaten me,” Shaun said. I asked him if he had any friends to help him. “Well when I got threatened, that’s when they stepped in. Other than that, I felt like none of them listened.” Shaun then went a told a teacher and it stopped. “Telling someone like an adult will always help,” Shaun said to me.

I also talked to another student whose name is not mentioned for personal reasons. But he’s apart of the LGBT+ community. “I’m called horrible names like weird, dumb, stupid.” This person has done self-harm and he is a year clean from it. Additionally, this person is a transgender FTM. “For those who are getting bullied and think about suicide or self-harm, just know we love you and you are worth so much in this world.” He told me.

One of the teachers I spoke with is our band teacher Mr. Stone. “I think bullies bully because they are trying to prove something; they want power and control.” He explains. I then ask him why do you think “bullying” starts. “Social media and drama. It all starts there,” he replied. “Don’t be scared to speak up.” He said.

I spoke with Mrs. Katz she reports, “Bullies bully because they feel unloved or unwanted. We here at BCHS try to make connections and relationships with all of our students so we know what is going on and we can help them.” The staff here cares about all our students. And if you or anyone you know is talking or showing suicidal actions please go and get help right away. There is a suicide hotline for you to call. Or go tell an adult. Remember, to all those students who are going through a hard time and feel like you don’t matter. You truly do. You matter in this world. We all love you.