Civic Engagement Project

Only Love Can Drive Out Hate!

Only Love Can Drive Out Hate!

The focus of this project is to illuminate the rising trend in not only bullying, but also cyber-bullying. According to the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, bullying is “the action of the verb to bully: insolence; personal intimidation; petty tyranny” and often occurs during the elementary, middle and high school years. Bullying occurs in all different shapes, sizes and forms. According to statistics, bullying, especially cyber-bullying, is still very much on the rise. Lets look at some statistics:

“When it comes to verbal bullying, this type of bullying is the most common type with about 77 percent of all students being bullied verbally in some way or another including mental bullying or even verbal abuse. These types of bullying can also include spreading rumors, yelling obscenities or other derogatory terms based on an individual’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Out of the 77 percent of those bullied, 14 percent have a severe or bad reaction to the abuse, according to recent school bullying statistics. These numbers make up the students that experience poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety about going to school and even suicidal thoughts (bullycide) as a result of being bullied by their peers” (http://bit.ly/SpzctZ)

The statistics from the above excerpt are ONLY from teens from sixth to 10th grade. So can you imagine how high that number could rise to when you take into account elementary and 11th and 12th graders? The sad thing is, bullying doesn’t only occur within the school systems. In order to give you a more real life representation of the effects of bullying, I want to share a video blog of the bullying that I experienced as a child and teenager.

 

 

That video just tells one of the bullying stories that I dealt with, I think because that one had the biggest impact on me because it was the first time I ever stood up for myself, even if I didn’t do it in the best way, I gave myself a voice and I said something.

I want to take a moment and reference Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote that put on the sunset image. He essentially says that only light can drive out darkness and only love can repel hate. Violence is never a solution to any type of problem. It compounds the situation and makes it worse. Do I believe that people should stand up for themselves? You better believe it! But standing up for yourself doesn’t mean engaging in violence. Instead, speak up and speak the truth. The old saying really is true that you will catch more flies with honey than you will vinegar. I know that this is soo difficult to do, but instead of reacting negatively towards the people who bully you, dig down deep and find your confidence and your voice. Don’t let these unhappy people destroy your life. If you ever need to talk to someone though, here are some places that you can turn to for help:

  • Tell Your Parents!
  • Go To Your School Counselor
  • Call The Department of Education Bullying  Hotline: 1-877-SAY-STOP
  • Speak UP! Please Do NOT Remain Silent!
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