Bullying Can Change a Life Forever

By AMBER PARRISH

Staff Writer

Photo of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after being bullied.

 

What’s Bullying? Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying negative things to have power over another person.

The Spring 2011 issue of The Voice article entitled ‘’Bringing the Fight to the Bully” written by CCC alumni Cameron Meiswinkle stated that over 75% of students are subjected to harassment by a bully or cyber-bully and have experienced physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.

Many of us know that name-calling is bullying and saying or writing things about someone that is derogatory is also a form of bullying.

Have any of these things happened to you or have you ever treated another human being in this way?

Question yourself!

How can a bully live with himself knowing that his actions or words will eventually harm another person?  The question still remains! Why? There are several reasons why bullies bully.  Bullies try to make people feel like less of a person because of their own insecurities.  It allows him to feel better because other people have been intimidated by his actions.

A bully’s behavior sometimes goes unnoticed by himself or others around him, and he doesn’t understand what he’s doing. Maybe he’s acting out behavior that was modeled for him. The majority of the time, his bullying ‘actions’ are for no particular reason.  He may not be happy with himself so to make himself feel better, he picks on somene else.

On September 29, 2010, one of our own New Jersey natives took his life because of bullying. Tyler Clementi, 18 of Ridgewood, NJ posted “jumping off GW bridge sorry”  on Facebook,  moments before he committed suicide.  Clementi, a Rutgers University student, jumped off the bridge after being bullied by two of his RU classmate. This horrific incident was the wake up call for higher authorities across the nation to take action. “New Jersey was first to implement the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation,” said Matthew Friedman in a NJ.com article.  As for the law itself, New Jersey Governor Chris Christy said, “It will carry the maximum sentence if found guilty of bullying.”

Governor Christie also signed the Anti Bullying Bill of Right’s which will now require teachers, administrators and other employees to have more training on bullying.  The most important thing is that we educate ourselves on bullying. By educating ourselves on the subject matter, we can’t go wrong.

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