By Ashley Renowden
Bullying is a major problem for many people and schools, including Cactus Canyon Junior High. Most people don’t understand why kids are bullies.
At Cactus Canyon, like other schools, has students that are getting bullied. It happens even though there is a zero-tolerance policy.
“We have to have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying,” said Cougar Life teacher Carol Dolle. “But I hate that some kids are still being bullied at school.”
Students often become bullies because they are insecure about themselves and don’t have great social skills. When kids don’t get the communication with others they can jump to the conclusion that they are unliked or misunderstoon, so they try and get back at the people around them.
“I think that the bully really wants to be accepted, but doesn’t have the social skills to build friendships,” said Mrs. Dolle.
Another reason many kids often turn to bullying when they don’t have adults around that set good examples. Often, he or she follows in the footsteps of the closest adult around them. Either good or bad.
Students at CCJH are being bullied, but they are afraid afraid to tell someone because they are afraid “snitching” will make the situation. The issue will remain because the teachers are often unable to intervene immediately unless they see the bully in action.
Bullying usually starts at a young age, so if it gets controlled then it might not be as big of an issue later on.
“We need to help people with their social skills,” said Mrs. Dolle. “I think we need to address this from the beginning of a person’s school career.”
A lot of teachers are unaware of what is going on, online, or at school. Most of the bullying is going on online, where teachers have no control.
“I think there is much more cyber-bullying going on than we know about,” said Mrs. Dolle. “There is a sense of privacy when we use our phones or computers that helps us feel anonymous.”