What Our Eyes See, Ears Hear, Yet Mouth Does Not Tell.


Devonte Velazquez

So many of us see, others a victim, and some even simultaneously a poser, it’s bullying.

Through the years this controversial subject has been a recurring conflict, brought up multiple times but never really given the deliberation and clarification necessary to help better our education on bullying. What forms does bullying take place in? How does it affect students?, and especially most of all, how do we “put a foot in the door” to stop this issue?. As I was sitting in newspaper class brainstorming ideas for future articles the conversation was brought up that really grabbed my attention. I decided to take a more in depth look at this conflict, the evidence that was found is captivating.

As I interviewed I realized a recurring pattern in bullying, that one of the most recurring kind of bullying was Social media. Social media plays a huge roll in today’s society; there is a huge portion of society that uses social media everyday for casual usages. But what about those who dare to use it for malicious acts. Nikki Brattain, the graduation coordinator at Centralia high school; believes that bullying is an issue now more than ever due to social media. “Now that we have social media kids can’t get away from bullying so, when they leave school they can’t just go home and get away from bullying. The bullying is always there because; there’s Facebook, there’s Snapchat, Instagram. All those things that cause the bullying not to stop. So I think that’s why bullying seems worse now more than ever. And so that I think is a huge issue ”- Mrs.Brattain.

(Picture of Nikki Brattain)

This is a very strong statement while also, not being far from the truth. This utterly baffling, truth can be seen as hofficic when one comes to think of thee effects it my give upon an individual.  “It could bring them down and lower their self esteem, maybe cause them to be depressed; suicide. And maybe cause them to turn to drugs and alcohol as well”.- Brattain. According to “www.stopbullying.gov” “Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience. Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood, Health complaints, decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.” This is not a subject to be taken lightly in any kind of way. Something had to be done about this, there has to be something we can do to “put a foot in the door” to stop this issue. Jessa Sill said, “I think the staff should pay attention more and keep a look out for the bullying”. Ms. Brattain said, “I think if we can build people’s self confidence the bully or the bullier, I think that it would be a great start to help this issue”. Ms. Brattain concluded her interview with, “I hope that if you’re being bullied you feel comfortable to come to an adult or a friend and, that friend will feel comfortable to come forward as well to ask for help”.  I as well agree with Ms. Brattain. If you are, or know of anyone who is being bullied; to reach out and get the help that’s needed.  Regardless who we all may be or what our views are, something needs to be done without a doubt. The question is what will you do?…