Shhh…. I’m Being Bullied

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Photo Credited To: The Anti-Defamation League

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Parents will tell their children that bullying is a part of life and to turn the other cheek. However, 78% of children and teenagers have admitted to being bullied and 34% of children have admitted to being cyber-bullied. Vengeful students are known to go on killing sprees because of elicit behavior shown by their peers. Bullying is a nationwide issue that can be overlooked by our fellow Americans and it’s up to society to advocate for change.

Primary and secondary schools have begin to create anti-bullying programs for students, increasing awareness.  Teachers have suggested that web-seminars be held each semester at school involving students and parents to recognize the warning signs of a bullied child. Peers can encourage victims positively by being by a good friend, helping them embrace them selves, telling them they are not alone, and participate in positive activities. Teachers can play a huge role by being knowledgeable and observant of their students in the classrooms and set positive expectations.

“If changes are not made, then it could take a turn for the worst”, says Principal Perez of Angeles Mesa Elementary in Los Angeles, CA. The effects of bullying can be detrimental, causing psychological and social problems. Also, children tend to decrease academically which is a warning sign of one being picked on. Children who are bullied suffer psychologically leading to many suicidal thoughts. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15% of students considered attempting suicide.

Everyone deals with some sort of bullying in their lifetime which is a better reason why this issue should be addressed more often. There may not be scientific proof that bullying leads to suicide, but there are more than enough studies conducted that show bullying does play a huge factor in adolescent and teenage suicide.

The more attention this issue receives, the more awareness is spread. More social awareness can save a child’s life. Trust, if there was a way to travel back in time to prevent my classmates from teasing me and yelling “Fluffy Bear”, I would. Help other children and students by addressing the social issue of bullying.


Blog: Laughing In Handcuffs…

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According to FoxNews.Com, comedian Katt Williams was arrested for a battery charge in Gainesville, Ga. This isn’t the first time Williams has had problems with the law. In 2014, Katt Williams along with Hip-Hop Producer Marion Suge Knight, were arrested in Los Angeles, Ca for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera and both were charged with one count of robbery. The year of 2013, Williams was on suspicion of child endangerment, possession of a stolen car, aggravated assault, and his most infamous arrest evading police, going on a full throttle high-speed police chase. So when we heard the news of Katt Williams’s arrest, it was no surprise to us.

According to Cnn.Com, Sgt. Kevin Holbrook of the Gainesville Police Department told the press, “ He was lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though he was ready to go to jail.” A store clerk working at a pool supply store alleged that Katt Williams punched him the face. He went into fuller details saying Williams went behind the counter, punched the clerk in his face, threw a pair of goggles at him, and insisted on arguing with the employee. Williams is now facing a misdemeanor battery charge with his bail set at $5,000.

When his publicist was asked to comment, she did not respond to phone or email messages according to FoxNews.Com. Fans on social media seem to be disappointed in William’s behaviour. Some of his fans on Facebook wrote,” What happened to Katt Williams? He used to be one of the funniest comedians, but now he has gone downhill smh.” Another fan wrote, “And this is why Kevin Hart is at the top of the game. He may not be the best but he’s not going around hitting people and always getting in trouble. I am a fan of both but Katt needs to get it together.”

Indeed, trouble seems to follow Katt Williams wherever he goes and the slammer keeps calling his name. I agree with his fans on social media, if he doesn’t get his act together the only laughing he’ll be doing is behind bars.