By Khansa Alhaidi
Unis Middle School
“There’s a bullying assembly today.”
How many times have you heard this throughout your school year and thought, “Here we go again.” A lot, I’m guessing.
In the United States, one out of four people get bullied. About 80 percent is physical and verbal, while 20 percent is cyber bullying. Most kids who get bullied get back at the bully phyically.
People don’t understand the meaning of bullying. I mean, sure, maybe it hasn’t happened to you, but other people go through the day hating themselves because of words we throw at them, whether we mean it or are just joking around. Around the world or even in your own school, people are harming themselves because of our tendency to make fun of their insecurities and flaws.
How would you feel if you were teased every day, got hurt physically by others, or even cyber bullied? Bullying isn’t just one word, but constant teasing to the point where a person will believe the criticism so well and hate themselves for it. Do you like being the cause of someone’s pain?
People nowadays don’t truly understand that with bullying the results can be severe. All over the news, we hear of people killing themselves or commiting suicide because of the pain they are enduring.
When we hear of bullying we think of being stuffed in a locker or getting a wedgie. That’s the only kind of bullying we see on television or read in books. Bullying is more than just physical pain. It’s mental pain, too.
So, the next time you’re getting ready to call someone fat or ugly, think it over. Is it really the best thing to do? What about when you see someone getting shoved, what will you do then? Stand up for the victim, or watch them crumble before you?
Remember, bullying can start off as a sentence and lead to harm.