WHAT’S UP AT AMS?
This article is going to be a lot different from articles that you have read in the past. In the following text I will be addressing a very serious subject.
Recently, acts of bullying have occurred at Arthurs. This time, it is much worse because it is cyberbullying. Students are using social networks and other online instruments as a way of hiding. Cyberbullying has become a big problem in our community and everywhere, and it needs to stop.
This type of behavior puts so much more stress on our community, our students and our administration, especially our counselors. I, as a student, know we are better than this. We could take a stand and bring awareness to this problem and tear it down. Not just the students or those involved at the school but everyone in the community can work to stop this growing issue.
Officer Jake Davis, a Trenton police officer who regularly visits AMS, showed us a presentation about the effects that doing wrong things on social networks can have on people in the present and in the future.
Also, Ms. Stephanie O’Connor, the principal at our school, has been sending emails to the parents so they can be aware of the problem and keep an eye out for behaviors (bullying or being bullied). The emails also list ways in which you can protect yourself and others from being attacked and explains what makes up bullying from behind a screen.
Additionally, we have events being planned in the future to bring more awareness to bullying of all types. Last year we had a Black Out Bullying Week, and this year that will be the week of Jan. 15. It is not confirmed yet, but a presentation from the Okay 2 Say program is in the works. Okay 2 Say is a program that is meant to raise mental awareness about how to respond to one’s safety threats, and show people that it is okay to speak up for someone else and for yourself.
Bullying can be something as simple as a mean comment; it does not have to be continuously hurting someone. This behavior can seriously hurt someone mentally and emotionally and sometimes can cause them to do something much worse.
Now, as the city of Trenton, it is time for the citizens here to bring awareness and to try to help those who are struggling, and stop those who are causing it. Always remember to think before you post. Thinking is much more than just running over your idea.
Be sure to ask yourself these questions before you speak or post something on social media. Is what you’re saying true? Is it helpful? Can it be inspiring, give someone a smile? Is it really necessary? Finally, is what you’re saying kind to that person? One person can make a difference, and we can, too.
Student correspondent Nick Burke is an eighth grader at Arthurs Middle School.