SHORT COMMUNICATION 345
Bully To Buddy
Finally, something good is happening in one of America's Public Schools: It's Marina High School at Huntington Beach, California. The Huntington Beach Youth Board along with Councilman Joe Carchio are organizing students to sign pledges to end a very serious problem: It's the effect of student bullying. They handed out T-shirts if they signed a pledge to "Be a Buddy, not a Bully." Nearly 600 students signed pledges and received a T-shirt. That's remarkable.
Bullying takes place during class sessions and after school off school grounds. Sometimes it gets physical and parents have to get involved.
Bullying takes place when students continuously make remarks when they feel he/she is not the same as them or a little bit strange. It is present in elementary and high schools throughout America, and it is an enormous problem and especially in the state of California.
Here is how bullying works during class sessions. Several classmates get together and choose a student to bully. Jane Sadone is chosen. In math class the bullies keep reminding Jane that she is fat. In English class another group of bullies keep telling Jane she looks awful in her clothes. In social studies class a student laughs and says her hair is ugly. This goes on for days at a time. Most days Jane goes home crying alone. She hates to leave for school and her mother wonders what is going on. That's when parents get involved.
Bullying is common after school. The bully group taunts someone daily on the way home. When the bullied person gets fed up, it leads to fighting. Girls are as bad as boys. Some time ago a father went over to a bully's house and shot the bully.
A very special type of bullying is taking place now, and it involves a large number of bullies: It's called cyberbullying. It's devastating! It's occurring very frequently. It's used anonymously. Bullying students use FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM accounts. If a bullied person's picture is put online, it's called "put on blast." When you are put on blast and your picture is up, bullies are calling you names and saying other unkind things: That is very hurtful and demoralizing to the one bullied, and it can lead to devastating behavior like the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Bullying is blamed for that. Adam Lanza´s picture: caused horrendous bullying because he was very different and strange looking.
America's Public Schools have so many others built in problems for one reason or another. When bullying came along on a large scale of deviant behavior, it became the icing on the problem cake. Let's hope the Be a Buddy, Not a Bully program becomes very effective in California and expands throughout other states in the culture of America. The program needs to gain momentum ASAP.