By: Whitney Bell
May 4th was Anti-Bullying Day, which is recognized in over 25 countries worldwide. Excitingly enough this day originated in Canada! The original event was organized by two students in Nova Scotia who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a male ninth grade student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school. Bullying continues to remain a major problem at all levels of school and there is a lot of progress to be made.
It shocked me to hear that 1 in 5 people are now being cyber-bulled, with the majority of those targeted being girls. I do not understand why girls would feel the need to try to bring one another down when we should be supporting one another and trying to build each other’s self-esteem. As I have gotten older I have realized that the people who were bullies in elementary, junior high and high school ended up being those who had the lowest self-confidence. They were not the ones who ended up being the most confident or successful once school ended. While this is not an excuse, it just goes to show that often people act as bullies because they have experience something negative in their life at one point, so it is important for us to understand and stop this unhealthy cycle.
I hope if you see someone experience bullying you will reach out a hand and help them. If you are being bullied please don’t keep it to yourself – tell someone because there are so many people who want to support you. If you are a bully, realize that your actions have long term consequences on others. It is much easier to be kind and spread happiness than to cause someone pain and sadness.
I hope that we can all stand to support #antibullyingday!