As a freshman, walking through the doors of Belding High School for the very first time, the pressures of the entire world weighed on the shoulders of Aleksandr Silva. Surrounded by hundreds of students he did not know, facing immediate intimidation from upperclassmen and hours of stressful homework, Silva was in a new, unfamiliar world and unsure of how to get a firm grasp on the pressures he was facing.
Time to Be Kind: Daily News Special Report on Bullying
There are a million places the thoughts in a teenager’s mind can go when faced with adversity, but there isn’t always a place for the teen to turn. As part of a growing and expanding Yellow Ribbon program at schools throughout Montcalm County, students and staff are working hard to offer those struggling with thoughts of self harm or suicide a place to look to.
Bullying is all too common among children, whether it’s a humiliating prank, hurtful rumors or physical pain. Bullying amongst adults isn’t all that different … or uncommon.
Whether you realize it, you have been a bully, or been a bystander, or been a victim of bullying. Most of us just choose to turn our backs or refuse to believe that what we see is bullying. Instead, especially with boys, it’s often cast off as “boys being boys messing around.” But it’s plain and simple: If you aren’t sticking up for the victim or turning away yourself, you are advocating the bully.
Bullying happens everywhere, every day. Nowhere is it more traumatic than in middle schools and high schools across the country. Bullying encompasses making fun of others, spreading rumors, physical intimidation, threatening, excluding certain individuals from activities, forcing some to do things they didn’t want to do and even cyberbullying on the computer.
Daily News reporters explore the much-talked about topic of bullying. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 Be Cool, Be Kind … FIRST PERSON: School bus turned into 4-wheeled cage of terror Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 Be A Hero: Belding resident leads the push against bullying in schools … FIRST PERSON: Bullying is a community issue Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 Adult bullying [...]
Whenever anyone says “bullying,” there’s one very distinct childhood memory that quickly comes to mind— being bullied on the school bus. Being picked on anytime is no picnic, but being bullied on a school bus? It’s the worst.
This unsettling, dark tale is not a work of fiction, but rather a very real story that was uttered through the broken voice of a male student, tears rolling down his cheeks, at Carson City-Crystal High School during a mid-December assembly. And he wasn’t alone.