I decided to make this since the new media flare up over bullying-induced suicides.
Yes, it's good to see people being more aware about the issue and everything, but the part that really bothers me is how people treat it like it's some brand new issue in the world today. Sadly, it isn't new. It's been around forever and always will. But bullying seems to be the "hot new thing" for media reports these past couple of months, so that's why it's been popping up everywhere.
I can agree that bullying has evolved over time, especially with advances in technology. But people, the idea of bullying in itself is nothing new, and it's irking to see it being handled this way. A few months ago nobody gave two shits about what was going on in schools, but once it's on the press it has to be a bigass massacre. -__-
Am I against bullying? Yes, and may those victims who committed suicide because of it RIP. Have I been bullied? My middle school life was made a depressing hell because of it. Before then, however, my elementary days were spent playing the role of the bully, tormenting one particular girl excessively every day.
Bullying, in its most harsh and relentless nature, is fucked up. But everyone experiences it in their lives at one point or another, and it's certainly not something reserved to your fellow peers. There are plenty of aspects to the entire issue. What's considered bullying and what's considered just a practical joke? When should the school step in? Should they even bother at all? What are the parents' roles in all of this? Where should the focus be? On strengthening the children getting bullied or punishing the bullies as harshly as possible? What more can the victims be doing? Who is really at fault? Who should we blame? What do we do about this problem?
It can go on forever.
Bottom line is: There's no epidemic. This is nothing new, it's just been brought to the surface more through the media. So please, if you are one of those people spouting about a new crisis, just stfu. There's a line between being supportive of the issue and just being annoying and overreacting.
However, I will say to be mindful about bullying; think about things. Be mindful of your actions and who they are towards. Be mindful of your children, friends, and family. Analyze situations and get help if needed. Don't ever be afraid to reach out.
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