It happens every day. A student is ridiculed by another, picked on, prodded, perhaps even threatened. Hurt feelings occur, but worse still are the pent up emotions that eventually rip at the fiber of a young person’s being, leaving them feeling inadequate, unloved and often unsure of whether live is worth living.
For many, it’s hard to imagine that stinging words can carry young people to the brink, but the truth is it can and, sadly, often does.
This month, during National Bullying Prevention Month, schools across the county will place a special emphasis on bullying and awareness of its existence on campuses across the country. The fact that bullying exists should not bring a negative light to the schools; but the fact that education officials are willing to shine a light on their schools and encourage awareness of what bullying can do makes them a shining example of what a proactive approach to the problem can and, we hope, will do to remove it.
Putting a stop to bullying begins at home, where we encourage parents to teach their children the importance of respecting others and treating others as they would like to be treated. But it continues in every aspect of life as adults need to find ways to set examples for their younger peers, remembering that bullying actually appears at all ages and all walks of life.
Sampson County Schools superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy said it best in an article in Friday’s Sampson Independent. “The choices that you make dictate the person you choose to be.”
We shouldn’t want to be bullies at any age, and we certainly shouldn’t want to be the catalyst for pain in another person.
The tongue can be a sharp, vicious instrument. Used in that way, it can cause tremendous hurt and pain.
We should always think before we speak; respect others; and remember the old adage that if we can’t say something good to someone, we should simply keep our mouths shut.