Bullying: When will people learn the consequences?

Opinion by Alison Grant

Bullying has always been there.

Whether people bully out in the open with a crowd cheering them on or they privately terrorize victims through technology, it is always around.

There have been countless incidents, reported or not, and you would think after all this time people would have realized it is not right to bully.

Yet somehow, bullying is still going on and if possible, getting worse.

Scientists, psychologists, doctors, and numerous other professionals have tried for decades to decipher what a bully really is.

What all these people have come up with is the following Google definition:

A bully is a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
I have witnessed many acts of bullying and in most times yes, the bully is stronger in a sense than the victim. Another thing I noticed is that the bully is usually not alone.

Just like in the movies the bully usually has entourage of people cheering him or her on, snickering in the background, or just simply watching for their own amusement.

These people, in my opinion, are just as bad if not worse than the bully.

They give power to the bully, they ignite the flame of "evil" in the heart of him or her and make the situation much worse.

It is amazing how many people hardly know what bullying is. They will certainly say they are innocent and hardly ever admit to being anything other than a victim.

Perhaps these bullies don't know what they are doing to their victims but I believe that by telling someone to just "go kill yourself already," you know what you are driving them to.
The story of Amanda Todd, a 15 year old girl from British Columbia who took her own life because of bullying, is a very powerful example of what can happen when you push someone too far.

How can people be, for lack of a better word, evil enough to deliberately drive someone to take their life?

How pathetic must someone be to make another innocent person's life too unbearable to go through?

Sarnia has sadly had to go through many tragedies of people giving up their lives

I am not saying that all of these heartbreaking losses were due to bullying but I can be sure that Sarnia is not innocent when it comes to harassment.

Even now, after the reports about bullying and the terrible suicides and the rallying up against this type of harassment, has anything really changed?

In my mind, yes some people have got the message and are opening their arms to help those who are victims and even those who are victims themselves are going and getting this aid.

But when I walk down the halls of my school it is hard to believe that anything is changing.

Look, there is another boy getting pushed against a locker.

Oh there is another girl getting tripped and falling to the floor.

I sit in my desk hearing the endless conversations of my classmates just tearing other people apart.

"Oh my gosh did you hear what she did? What a snob."

"Did you see what he did? What a jerk."

"Haha did you see her outfit? What a dork."

Sure, people can post things on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube about stopping bullying and how they want to help but when it comes to actually doing anything about it, many have remained unchanged.

Every second, somewhere in the world, someone is being bullied.

It is time people take responsibilities for their actions and stop pretending they are perfect and never have bullied anyone and blah, blah, blah.

It is time for people to get over their differences, stop judging people for what they do, how they look, what they say, and just try to be civilized towards each other.

Unless we realize that we are no better than anyone else and we are all equals, there is no hope for the fight against bullying.

Unless we learn to think before we speak, there is no hope for the fight against bullying.

Unless we stop judging people for their mistakes, there is no hope for the fight against bullying.

Unless we break the idea that being different is bad, there is no hope for the fight against bullying.
Unless we become the change we wish to see in the world, there is no hope.

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