Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Tell Me Something Tuesday #35
It is that time of week again! You guessed it -Tell Me Something Tuesday; a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous author of the Heven and Hell series, Cambria Hebert. If you would like to participate, visit her blog and grab next week's question and add your link. This week's question:
Were you bullied in school? How do you think bullying has charged over the years – do you think it’s worse now than it was a few years ago?
Yes, I was bullied in school. It is not a thing I like to talk about because it is just a sucky thing, but it happened and still happens as an adult. I was called names, pointed at, been part of the rumor mill...you name it, it happened. I don't know if I was a kid now if I could hack it. The internet and social media has created a whole new medium for bullying. I had a few incidents with my eighth graders when I was teaching that had to do with bullying on MySpace.
Now pictures and evil words can be sent within seconds. I mean, look at the mom who got on her daughter's account and harassed a girl to the brink. Look at the student at Rutgers that committed suicide because he was videotaped without consent or knowledge.
I also think that the tolerance level is come to a point where people are so apathetic to it unless it either one: happens to them, or two: is posted all over the news. Which brings me to the incident with the boys on the bus and the elderly lady. Those kids were bullying her for a while and not until it got on TV did anyone do anything. I think that people need to take a stand and stop giving excuses for why they didn't step in or give the old "it is a part of growing up" spiel, because it is not.
So that is what I have to say for now on bullying. What do you think? Were you bullied?