Looking at Bullying

It’s the first day of school and you can’t wait to reunite with your buddies.  Just like any other typical school day you go to your classes and have lunch. You make your way out of the cafeteria. 

All of sudden, a group of strangers approach you and shove you into a locker. Looks like it’s going to be a long school year.

This sounds all too familiar, but it happens everywhere. Bullying is just another one of those issues that plague schools all across America. It happens in many ways. Some kids get harmed physically, and some mentally. Either way, it’s something that needs to be stopped.

One person who is fighting for the cause against bullying is Alexandra Wolff. She’s been a victim of bullying and had to change schools because of being picked on. The Christiansburg High School Senior was at a town council meeting and had a few words about what she’s experienced.

“For a lot of time I kept it to myself because I felt like I was a target and a victim and it was very embarrassing and I was almost ashamed that this was happening to me I felt like why do I have to be the different one why can’t I be normal and be with other kids you know?”

According to the Department of Education Annual Report on discipline, there were 6,594 cases of bullying in the state of Virginia alone for the 2007-2008 school-year.

Bullying is something that’s been here for awhile and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Alexandra is determined along with her mother to fight against this issue.

Schools in Montgomery County use a bullying prevention program that is seen in schools all across America.

“I think that if a student is being bullied that they should go for help right away and they shouldn’t stop talking until they get help otherwise no one will know about it and if the student is afraid to talk a parent needs to go talk because something needs to be done.”        

When it’s all said and done, Alexandra hopes that at her new school she meets good people.

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