The Truth About Bullying at North Star

“I was bullied around the start of 3rd grade because of my autistic disabilities,” – Cameron a 5th grader

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Dennis and Jacob

There has been a lot in the news about bullying these past few years.  But what exactly is bullying?

According to Stopbullying.gov, bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior usually among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.”  Bullying happens even here at North Star.

 5th Grader Cameron said “I have been bullied before. I was bullied around the start of 3rd grade because of my autistic disabilities, especially since I was new to a lot of stuff like four-square, keeping calm, and bullies in general. They would make fun of how I was terrible at certain things, or just say I am dumb or annoying which made me feel really terrible about myself.” 

“Even a couple of months ago,” he added, “I was made fun of how I acted in the past and would scream and have anger issues. But now I am in a great place with friends and better emotional management which shows you can always change.”

Cameron has some suggestions for how to handle bullying “When you’re being verbally bullied, like someone saying ‘you’re dumb’ or just saying an insult towards you, pretend they’re not there. Pretend that they never existed. That would help you stay calm.”

Another thing you can do when you are being physically bullied, Cameron added is “… just forget about the entire situation and go tell a teacher if needed. Here is a tip I keep in my mind: Verbal = Pretend/Ignore Physical = Forgot/Take Action” 

According to a recent survey conducted by the Gryphon Gazette, 64.7 percent of people who responded, said that they never bullied anyone. 11.8 percent said that they had bullied someone, most of them said that it was just uncontrollable behavior. Another 17.6 percent said that they might have been bullied by someone and 5.9 percent didn’t want to say out of 34 people.

Ms. Shackel, the principal, recommends taking deep breaths, making a joke, changing topics, and walking away when handling bullying. She also suggests talking to somebody about it, like people on campus or an adult to help.

In situations in a conversation with a bully or someone with rude behavior, If they start acting mean,  it is best to ignore or respond with, “bye.” or “what?” and walk away.

Luca in 4th grade says people are sometimes mean to him when he plays games really badly. Luca also says that if someone is bullying you, you should simply ignore them so they won’t have the pleasure of bullying you and stop. 

Natalia, a 5th grader, said she got physically hurt while being bullied once. “Once my friend [no name] kicked me in the ankle, and she had a reason to be angry, but no reason to physically hurt me,” she said.  “if anyone bullies you, you should just talk back and make the bully embarrassed,” she added.

Bullying is aggressive behavior among school aged children. Ms. Sitte disagrees with this and says it even can happen to adults! When bullied you should act immediately before it gets worse. Bullying is a disgraceful act and sometimes the best way to deal with it is reading helpful articles like this one so you know what to do. OR the other way is to just tell the bully that you only talk to smart people.