Stand Up

April 16, 2012
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Bullying. A word almost every kid dreads. They dread being the outcast. The reject. The person everyone bullies. The loner. Not being good enough or not meeting someone’s standards. Some dread it so much, they take their own lives. A tragic way to die.
If only the teachers had seen it sooner. If only the parents knew. If only the victim spoke up.
Statistics show in 2011 that 60% of middle school students say they have been bullied. Only 16% of staff believed that students had been bullied. They also say that over 160,000 stayed home from school to avoid bullying. 20% of high school students said they had thoughts of committing suicide in the past twelve months in 2011.
In my opinion, these numbers are too high. What can we do to stop bullying? There are numerous ways to prevent bullying.
Statistics show that over 50% of bullying decreased if the school had an anti-bully program running. If every school had an anti-bully program running, it might reduce the percentage of bullying. It would show the bullies how much they hurt the person who they were bullying.
It would also be more helpful if teachers kept an eye on students at all times. Many bullying cases occur on the playground or at passing time. Only 25% of bullied students said that teachers intervened a bullying incident; while 71% of teachers said they intervened a bullying incident.
Another way is to talk to the bully or stand up to them. Tell them how much it hurts when they call you names or physically hurt you. Try to help them understand bullying isn’t cool. Most likely, they bully just to impress their friends.
Tell a teacher or trusted adult. It’s one of the most commonly known ways to stop a bully from bullying you. Don’t worry; you won’t be a snitch or tattle-tale. Tattle-telling is when someone purposely tells on someone to get them in trouble. Just telling a teacher or trusted adult the situation is perfectly fine. It will help you in the long run.
Don’t just sit on the sidelines and watch bullying. Stand up for the bullying victim and let them know they won’t be alone.
Bullying is never, nor will it ever be, a tolerable matter. Together we can stand up to bullying and make it disappear. Poof!

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blahblah said...
Dec. 12, 2014 at 11:01 am
this stuff its obviously fake and scary tho i was forced to read this by a "friend"lol but im not scared
liveYOURlifeandloveit replied...
Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm
You should be scared.This is serious
SuPerGottAbeNovelist22 replied...
Dec. 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Bullying is like grief weighing you down. It hurts. So yeah be scared.
mooberry replied...
May 18, 2016 at 8:36 pm
It's not a laughing matter.
TOBILOVER101 said...
Oct. 16, 2014 at 10:59 am
I've been bullied over the past few years. A way to prevent bullying from happening is to walk away,ignore,or get help! If you're a friend don't be a by-stander be an up-stander!
mplo replied...
Sept. 24, 2015 at 5:23 am
Unfortunately, however, ignoring or walking away from the bully, or even getting help doesn't always work. It can depend on the situation, however. It's good for a kid to also learn some type of self-defense, in the event that the bullying turns physical, so that if worst-case scenario (i. e. nobody being around at the time to stand up, or help is not readily available, such as after school, at a bus-stop, or on the way to or from school, for example.) comes up, s/he will be able to take care... (more »)
SuPerGottAbeNovelist22 replied...
Dec. 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm
It usually never does.
mplo replied...
Dec. 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm
You're right, SuPerGottaAbeNovelist22. Moreover, people who are bullies as children/adolescents often (although not always.) become adults who bully as well.
anonymus said...
May 26, 2014 at 9:57 am
I think that your essay is really good, it has a lot of good information. I take your personal opinion, but, I think that you are saying somethings that are really inocent. I mean, yuo should stand up tu the bullys, but is not that easy, you feel ashemed, yuo feel you deserved it, or you could feel that way.   I would also like to know what kind of anti-bullying program you are talking about
ZombieKing replied...
Jan. 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm
You have a lot of typing errors like yuo instead of you (I'm not trying to be mean)
Mike said...
Mar. 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm
My opinion or should I say my agreement is right with you. People should understand, mainly the staff and parents to know the changes of their child
especially when they are being bully. Worrying about being a snitch while someone is being harmed is worse when you know that you could have helped the victim. So thanks for reading.
2write said...
Mar. 20, 2014 at 5:38 am
Instead of spreading things like this,: ONCE YOU'VE STARTED READINGTHIS YOU CAN'T GET OUT! READ ON IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DIE A year ago A girl named Kathy was hated by everyone. Everyone made fun of her. She was ignored. Even by messages. One day she decided to kill herself. Beca......use..................... even her parents ignored her. She jumed out her window. No one noticed utill people started dissapearing. Kathy haunted them. She made them suffer like the way she did. S... (more »)
detfaninwi04 replied...
Jan. 27, 2015 at 10:40 am
this is not true
HI peeps replied...
Feb. 6, 2015 at 10:31 am
How come i didn't die?
Mar. 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Yeah right so Kathy is going to kill me out of know where yeah right
a;ewieoewkfkdkn replied...
May 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm
the person who wrote the first comment is saying that those aren't true
ZombieKing replied...
Jan. 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm
This is totally not true and I am still alive
ZombieKing replied...
Jan. 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm
This is also very creepy and I think I'm going to have nightmares
ZombieKing replied...
Jan. 11, 2016 at 9:20 pm
It is ignoring not ingooring (Not trying to be mean)
A.W. replied...
Sept. 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm
Creepy.... I LIKE IT!!! Although I don't really believe in these kinds of comments, but I liked the story! GOODBYE!!!
KandiceMichelle said...
Aug. 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm
Awesome article!! You are a very talented writer!!
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