North Bend Central students release balloons as part of a
"Stand up for the Silent" anti-bullying day.
Students rally against bullying
Guest commentary by Stefanie Ferguson
On Friday, April 20, the North Bend Central students and teachers took a little break to support those who have been bullied. April 20 was a statewide anti-bulling event all over Nebraska. At high schools, elementary schools and youth organizations across the state, as at NBC, students and teachers had blue balloons and recited an anti-bullying pledge.
Seven seconds of silence were held in honor of the kids that have been bullied. After the seven seconds of silence, the balloons were released.
During lunch, students had a chance to sign a poster with the anti-bullying pledge on it.
Friday was “Stand for the Silent Day” in honor of the lives lost because of bullying with NBC Student Council organizing the assembly.
Major bullying incidents have not been a reoccurring problem at NBC, although, there have been problems. Almost every student is guilty of putting fellow students down in some way. This whole assembly was meant to help kids be aware of bullying and to try and stop the hurt it causes kids.
Overall I felt like the NBC students gained some insight about bullying during this event and how often it happens. This was a good way to make people aware of how big a problem bullying really is. Hopefully, in future years they will continue this assembly.
Over 50,000 youth took part in this anti-bullying event at different schools. This initiative was organized by RISE AmeriCorps member Heather Millard through her involvement on the ServeNebraska InterCorps Council, a leadership group of national service participants.
Each month, 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools, and every seven seconds someone is bullied. Bullying is a common problem that occurs every day and can cause kids to end their lives. A bully is a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. Anyone is capable of bullying. Some people are sneaky and others don’t care if they get caught. There are many types of bullying that people are using today, some include; social (spreading rumors), cyberbullying (internet, cell phones, technology), race, gender or disability. Any type of bullying shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many students have died when no one spoke up about bullying.
Up to one-third of grade school and high school students have been victims of bullying. Studies show that 56 percent of students have witnessed a bullying incident directly. High school bullying is a serious problem that teachers and administrators should stop. Usually, if the bully has another friend by their side they will have more confidence to say something.
Schools should provide emotional and social support for any kid that needs help, and take necessary action when needed.
The best thing to do is ignore the bully. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Today, there are 45 states that have anti-bullying laws.
Stephanie Ferguson is a senior at North Bend Central and served as chariman of the anti-bullying event at NBC.
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