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Nearly one in five people are cyberbullied at some point, while approximately 3.2 million students fall victim to bullying each year. The real question is, what is the cause and what are school officials and other students doing to stop it?
Q: First off, why do people get bullied in the first place?
A: Counselor Kathleen Stengel: “I don’t think it is necessarily the person being bullied; it’s the people who are doing the bullying. It’s all different things, not necessarily one specific thing. People find little nitpicky things to blow up online, and they feel like they can say more when they feel more anonymous because you’re not saying it face to face.”
Q: Now how can people prevent this from happening?
A: Freshman Kamryn Anderson: “I tend to really keep to myself a lot.”
Remember the Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated
Stop saying rude comments that don’t need to be said in the first place.
When hanging out with friends, be careful with “joking” comments. What may be a joke to some, may not be a joke to all, so it’s always best to consider others feelings.
Respect others and their opinions. The US is made up of multiple ethnicities, religions, races, political views, etc. so no two people are exactly the same.
With Rachel’s Challenge coming up this week at the high school, students are learning about kindness and others feelings. They get a glimpse into the lives of other students and the struggles they go through. Plus, they learn how their negative behaviors are affecting others. Rachel’s goal was to reduce violence; so instead of being a follower, be a leader and take the challenge.