By Kelsey Martinez
Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, text message, on the Web, and sometimes even at Cactus Canyon Junior High. It’s not a joke and it is something to be taken very seriously.
Numerous students at school have been a victim of bullying. Many have been hurt both physically and mentally from it. Bullying is an aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.There are several different types of bullying ranging from emotional bullying to going online and bullying someone on the web.
“Sometimes people bully others and they don’t realize it until things have already been said and done,” said James Gibson, an eighth grade social studies teacher at CCJH.
The impact left on students after being bullied can be absolutely devastating. Effects that could last long into their futures. These include depression, low self-esteem, health problems, and or suicidal thoughts. Some have become insecure about themselves because others called them hurtful names like stupid or retarded.
“There was this one girl would not leave me alone. She would do anything to hurt me. She ruined my entire school year,” said one student. “I went home crying every day. I lied to my mom a couple of time telling her I was sick just so I wouldn’t have to go to school and face her.”
Most teachers at school do not under any circumstances tolerate bullying in their class or around on campus. If they see someone being bullied teachers usually pull the person aside and talk to them.
“Everybody needs to be aware of bullying and how it can be stopped. You don’t have to be the victim to prevent or stop bullying,” said Jessica Kucenski, an eighth grade science teacher. “Students can make a difference by choosing not to be a bully and respecting themselves, standing up for those who are being bullied, and showing respect and compassion to everyone around them, not just their friends.”
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about how bullying affects students at Cactus Canyon Junior High.