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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

End Bully Globally - by - Nadine Barrett - Le Antonio's Foundation

New students are often quite eager to start a new school, meet new friends and start a whole new chapter in their lives. They are impressionable and tend to continue with whatever trends are set within the first few weeks.

Normally the welcoming committee at various high schools are the bullies. They often believe it is their responsibility to show new students (freshmen) the culture as they want it to be. The hierarchy is determined by who is feared the most. Persons will remain as bullies as long as no one is brave enough to stand up to them. If they are not allowed to get away with intimidating people they will eventually leave them alone. You can stand up and say NO!! or you can report them whether directly or anonymously.
 
We need to put an end to this mindset and allow students to go about their daily lives without fear or intimidation. We should be mindful of the fact that people don't become bullies overnight. Most times there are underlying causes that should be addressed as well. Oftentimes these same individuals are victims of bullies themselves.They are most times acting out their anger and frustration, which can be channeled into less offensive and more productive outcomes.