By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
---- — Someone once told me that if people pick on you and tease you it’s really a sign of admiration. Apparently that person was never teased or picked on! As today’s student face their peers discerning eyes and ears, the line between teasing and bullying is taking on new meaning and consequences. Merriam-Webster defines bully as “a blustering browbeating person; especially one habitually cruel to others who are weaker.” Odd isn’t it that the original definition of bully was “sweetheart, chap or exclamation of approval (as in, bully for you).”
If we keep with the definition of the day we know that bullying is a very real issue. In an effort to bring about awareness and create avenues of communication about bullying, October (especially Oct. 9) has been designated as Bully Prevention Month. Arlington Elementary School held classes about bullying and wore orange as a sign of support and understanding. In addition, Jennifer Cain RN (Arlington Elementary School) helped students design special banners indicating they’ll “put their best hand forward” against bullying.
“The culture of bullying won’t end until people across the country take action and show kids that they care,” says Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “National Bullying Prevention Month is a great opportunity to do that. This is a very real and painful issue that kids are facing but they don’t have to face it alone. Bullying can be prevented if we all work together to change the culture.”
The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. As we seek to be proactive and supportive as a community and school corporation, Rush County School Board has in place a Bullying Policy. This can be found on the corporation web page by going to http://rcs.rushville.k12.in.us/ (then click on Admin. & Board).