Bullies Unwanted

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 Bullying has made its way not only at school but also on social media.  Many students of all ages have reported a case of Cyberbullying, verbal bullying, and physical bullying. Bullying is a form of abuse that no student should have to face together or alone.

According to the website Pacer.orghttps://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp, Cyberbullying seems to happen more often than other bullying. The website includes that name calling, tweet, or post are the more common thing started with Cyberbullying. Students always have ways to connect themselves with social media and the internet to interact with other students which causes most of the problem. Articles say that more than half of Cyberbullying starts when teens say something about another one. Teens start more likely to go through this because of their behavior and hormones. 

Students at Jefferson Morgan school district were surveyed and 5 in 10 have reported they or someone they know has been Cyberbullied. Phylena Cieslinski, a student, reports that for most of her life she’s been bullied and would like to share her story so that it could help other students know they are not alone in this. 

In the article, “Lucie’s Cyber bullying Story,” Lucie states About a month later, a girl in her grade came upon this a post she had made and shared it with other kids in her grade. People started to say terrible things about her which was within earshot and post about her. Hearing this, she decided to go up to 4 or 5 of the girls and apologized immediately for the post and tried her best to make things right. Fast forward 6 months later and she posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the caption “Life is good”. A bunch of people including a boy she was previously was hanging out with attacked this post with really mean and rude comments about her. It shows that anyone can bully you and it can go away for a bit and come right back. 

Bullying can stop. But students must tell. “It gets better,” stated by Brianna Hostinsky. Another student says, “ even though it’s hard you should always report it to someone,” stated by Lauren Pauhler. Students were also asked yes or no questions based on cyber bullying. More than 5-10 said they were bullied, or have seen someone bullied and they told someone. 

Cyber bullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. The Jefferson Morgan Handbook on bullying states,”Cyber bullying—forms of verbal and psychological bullying may also occur on the

 through email, instant messaging, personal profile websites and/or social media,

 texting, and the like. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following  misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher or employee of the district by sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or web site postings (including Blogs). All forms of cyber bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the district, offenders shall be the subject of appropriate discipline, which may include legal and/or police proceedings. If the conduct occurs off school grounds, but would reasonably cause or does cause actual and material disruption or interference with school operations, the school district administration may impose consequences.” 

If anyone is going through this, there are many websites to go to on bullying like, https://www.stopbullying.gov/ and https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it

Along with https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyberbullying