Amory Against Bullying

By Treasure Ford, Prowl News

When someone mentions bullying, we all think of a big, punk kid picking on another kid because that is what is portrayed in movies. However, this type of bullying is the least common of four main types: physical, verbal, social, and cyber. 

 

Physical bullying, like the previous example, is physically harming another person. It doesn’t have to just involve a big person versus a small person; bullies come in all shapes and sizes. 

 

Verbal bullying involves things like name-calling, teasing, insulting, and homophobic and racist remarks. 

 

Social bullying is when you spread rumors, bad mouth someone’s name, and altogether try to ruin someone’s reputation. This is usually done behind their back. Unfortunately, this has been deemed as normal even though it is extremely harmful. 

 

Cyber bullying, like social bullying, is saying mean and negative things about other people but it is all online rather than in real life. This type of bullying can hurt both the bully and the victim because the internet is forever and what you say can come back and hurt you at any time. However, cyber bullying is also the hardest to prevent because bullies are given a platform to remain anonymous so in the end the victim is still the victim. 

 

Social and cyber bullying are the most common types of bullying at Amory High School because they are all done behind someone’s back, making it one of the hardest types to prevent. However, any type of bullying can be prevented. Be able to recognize bullying, try not to respond to bullies, and report them to a trusted adult (for example a parent, teacher, counselor or principal). It does not help to react to the person hurting you because that is exactly what the bully wants.

 

The mantra “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is a lie. Words hurt a lot. That is why it is so important to think about what you say and how you say it instead of just saying the first mean thing that comes to mind. You definitely do not have to like everyone but it costs nothing to be nice and friendly to others. Always remember the Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. And lastly, do your best to get along with others and have fun this school year because you only have one chance to have a good high school experience.