What Happened to the Golden Rule?
By: Publications Club (Guest Writer)
“Treat others as you wish to be be treated.” In today’s society this has become a long forgotten moral.
Approximately 160,000 students miss school everyday because of bullying. It is a worldwide epidemic affecting the youth.
Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It can take place in person or online. It is different from teasing, which is light hearted banter. Instead bullying is repetitive, malicious and results in unwanted attention.
Physical, verbal, social, and cyberbullying are all different branches of the same tree. Many teens are affected by one or more of these kinds of bullying. According to DoSomething.org, “17 percent of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester.”
Physical bullying includes causing bodily harm, stealing of possessions, and causing damage to personal property, while social and verbal include intimidation through insults, threats and embarrassment. Freshmen Kit Radley says “Throughout junior high, I experienced multiple types of bullying. Things were said behind my back and to my face.”
Cyberbullying is defined by the posting of hurtful pictures, videos, messages, and comments about others. This often involves the harassing and threatening of students. This is most common form of bullying at Notre Dame. Mr Dill, the dean of men, says “Cyberbullying is the easiest way to bully someone, you can do it at home, you can do it anywhere.” Anonymity is a large factor of the favorability of being a cyberbully.
Often the incentive of bullying is revenge, power, control, jealousy, and intolerance. Bullying allows a power shift to occur. The bully makes another feel lesser so that they can feel more powerful and in control. According to StompOutBullying.com, a common reason that a student bullies is because he/she lacks attention at home and lashes out at others in order to be noticed.
At Notre Dame, Mr. Dill says that “Many times it is someone who has been bullied themselves. Sometimes it can be someone who is insecure and threatened by somebody, but it can be all types of people.”
Notre Dame is place of family, a tight knit community, and will not stand for bullying. If you witness bullying or are a victim of bullying, tell someone and seek help from an adult you trust.