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Junior Journalist Update from Keller – By Aditi S.

The Stand for the Silent (SFTS) assembly last month was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Keller students to learn that bullying people could damage their loved one’s hearts. There is a big effect on the family because once they are gone … they are gone forever. For SFTS a speaker by the name of Mr. Smalley came in and taught us about the actions kids take when they get bullied by someone else. Unfortunately kids make fun of other people so they can feel better about themselves.

As Mr. Smalley stated, bullying other people could hurt you.  We  just get this guilty feeling inside knowing that it isn’t right.  It’s advised that we should never laugh at or not include others because of the way they dress or how they speak. For someone to even think of tormenting others is outrageous. Imagine putting yourself in a peer’s shoes who gets harassed every single day. It is not going to make us feel very happy or positive. When people say something that is hurtful, it changes a lot for the victim in a negative way. Words cannot be taken back.

Another note he mentioned is that the person who gets bullied could potentially cause harm to themselves. Once family and friends find out that the person is no longer there, they start to miss them for who they were. This shows that they did care about that person and did not know how to convey it to that person. If you are a witness who is watching a person getting bullied, go and stand up for that person. Just by doing that, you are showing gratitude to the person and that you don’t want people to get harassed.

However, we should always be true to ourselves. We can do this by taking a stand and not laughing with them. We don’t have to change who we are because they tell us that we’re different. On a final note, just be yourself and not who someone else wants you to be. As Mr. Smalley advised, we should go talk to someone we trust so we know that we are not alone.

Therefore if you get bullied for even any little thing don’t be afraid to stand up for yourselves and remember there are people out there for you. Also if you see someone getting bullied, don’t just stand there – actually help them.