For this week’s “Poem of the Week,” we discuss an issue that has become a hot topic for quite a few years now: bullying. Now, ideally, it has been recommended in years past that the best way for kids to deal with bullies is to ignore them in hopes that they will become bored with the lack of attention they receive from their targets. However, what if ignoring one’s tormentors doesn’t work? What if the bullies continue to harass their intended victim in spite of not receiving a reaction from him or her to the point where they become unavoidable for the child in question? Say, for example, the altercation becomes physical as well as psychological and the bullies resort to using force to put the child in an even more precarious situation than before. Whom can the child turn to in such an instance? Well, such is the time and place where an adult needs to step in, and in a school setting, the most readily available adults are [usually] teachers and other faculty members (deans, principals, vice-principals, headmasters, etc.). Unfortunately, I’ve heard many a horror story about certain instances in the past concerning such individuals refusing to roll up their sleeves and take care of business when it came to students bullying others, and to put it mildly, the results of such stories weren’t pretty in the slightest.
That being said, I hope all you teachers and students out there (and parents, too) are willing to take the time to read the following sonnet concerning this matter. Without further ado, then, here’s Teachers, Bullying, and Getting Involved.
Teachers, Bullying, and Getting Involved
August 20, 2013
Once upon a time when I was a kid,
When some kid got in another kid’s face,
It didn’t matter what the first kid did;
No one dared to put that brat in his place.
Next thing, one became two, two became four,
And so forth to get on the victim’s case—
Nasty pranks and lies, cheap insults, and more,
But no teacher to help out any place.
“Deal with it!” they’d say. “We’re busy right now.”
Still the bullying worsened day by day.
Frankly, I’d be quite surprised at just how
Such souls managed to make it to today
Without shellshock from past pains unresolved,
All because no teacher would get involved.
That should do it for this week’s “Poem of the Week.” Before I finally sign off, though, please remember, everyone, that when it comes to the psychological wellbeing of today’s kids, there’s no excuse for allowing bullies to have their way with others and push them around. After all, bullying may have been little more than rude and petty “back in the day,” but these days, it has evolved—or, if you’d rather, devolved—into something far more dangerous and malicious than has ever been, and there have already been too many grim outcomes resulting from instances from when the people who could have helped put an end to a given situation did nothing to do so. That being said, then, kids, do yourselves a favor: If you’re the target of bullying and you can’t ignore your harassers anymore, don’t be afraid to turn to an adult for help: your teachers, your parents…somebody. Also, teachers, should you be approached by a student who is facing such a personal crisis, don’t be afraid to help that student out any which way you can, for no student deserves to feel ill at ease going to school just because a classmate feels the need to take his or her insecurities out on him or her.
Alright…message over. Thank you all for stopping by, and hopefully by this time next week, I’ll have something a little bit more pleasant to add to this blog. In the meantime, however, here’s hoping that everyone’s school year is safe and prosperous from hereon out, and may everyone’s next venture in reading be worthwhile.
Dustin M. Weber