So it’s been a while since I posted something here. What I intended to be my ‘outlet’ for frequent thoughts has been reduced to the occasional post. However, I plan to change that for the next year with a hopeful redesign.
That is NOT why I’m writing this post though. I came across a video just a few hours ago which really bothered me.
Watch this clip first, and then take a few moments to gather your thoughts.
Bullying is not a new issue, and has existed for eons. It’s only talked about more and more in our current times because of how much noticeable the effects of bullying have become. In few of my psychology courses in the past, bullying has been discussed to death, why people get bullied, who gets bullied, who bullies etcetera. The video was a clear reminder of the the emotional, physical and mental toll it can take on a person, regardless of the age, sex or race. This is something that I never noticed when I did my schooling in Mumbai, India. Maybe I was too ignorant, or maybe I just escaped bullying there, it was a concept I simply was not familiar with. (However, Hazing is another issue which is HUGE in Indian colleges and has no real explanation, or purpose). Once I moved here, the only ‘bullying’ I faced was being made fun of my accent. I moved from India, so obviously my V’s and W’s were mis-pronounced according to the Canadians, and I pronounced ‘cant’ as ‘Kaunt’. Once I picked up the accent, and school-ed the folks that had been speaking English all their lives in various debate competitions, and presentations, the bullying stopped. Looking back on my time back in High-school, I think I got off easy. I didn't face any name calling, wasn't shoved into lockers, or beaten up. I only saw these things in movies when I was in India, and assumed it was glorified Hollywood take on a fictional setting in schools in N. America.
Oh how I was wrong. Over the years I’ve noticed bullying becoming bolder, and harsher. It has also prompted the education system and the teachers/councilors to talk about it more openly. Whether or not it’s effective is something I cannot say with certainty, but the fact that it’s being talked about more than ever is progress.
The video is blunt and as clear cut as it can be and is brutally honest in the harsh reality some kids have to face daily in schools. Not everyone is as brave as this kid though, to give us a glimpse of his innermost feelings.
Bullying should be talked about every day, and just like a disease, it needs to be eradicated. A scientific approach needs to be undertaken, and following the scientific method of experimentation, bullying needs to be stopped as early as possible. The psychology effects on a kid being bullied are unimaginable.
I find this kids solution to be the best - he was being bullied back in his school, and he simply said to himself ‘enough is enough’ and took matters in to his own hands. I don't necessarily agree with the outcome, but the bully had it coming.
If you were ever bullied, how did you help yourself? How did you resolve the issue? What advice would you have?
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