Are you a bully?
People do not always like to speak up, which is why the Jennings Daily News (JDN) was quite surprised with the overwhelming response to this week’s continuing series focusing on bullying. If the responses this newspaper received are an indicator, bullying is a rampant problem in society that does not appear to be going away any time soon.
Even inside the JDN office, co-workers began sharing their own experiences as both victim and bully. We were quite touched by some of the opinions and personal stories shared with us as this series unfolded.
One reporter even commented, “This really makes you stop and think about the things you say and do to others, even as an adult.”
We now live in a society that attempts to make everyone as equal as possible but we still do not put enough emphasis on respecting other people, even ourselves. There are many reasons the public offered as to why bullying is out of hand: lack of discipline; unstable home life; immaturity; uncaring educators; and more.
In reality, though, we are all responsible for this problem. How much respect and consideration do we show others? How many of us cut ourselves down verbally? How many of us stand back because it is ‘not our business’ when another person is being physically or verbally attacked?
We all need to take a moment to think about our behavior and ask, “Am I a bully?” Bullies exist outside of schools, too. Spouses, co-workers, bosses – pretty much any person in life can be a bully.
If we want to reduce the pain some of our children endure, we need to start working on our attitudes. Adults cling to the phrase “do as I say, not as I do,” but that only teaches our children to act one way and talk another.
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