By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department held its Third Annual Antibullying Rally last weekend, which had the largest turnout of any year prior.
Students from Morgan County’s elementary, middle, and high schools gathered at the Morgan County Recreation Department last Saturday to listen to community leaders encourage them to never bully another child and to speak up to stop bullying when they see it happening.
“We are here today to simply ask you to stand against bullying,” said Sheriff Robert Markley.
County Commissioner Chairman Donald Harris opened the event in prayer, encouraging students to be kind to one another.
A Morgan County Officer spoke to the kids before lunch about working together to stop bullying.
“If you see bullying, say something.Say You are stronger when you say something. Don’t be afraid. Stand up and say something if you see something. You aren’t being a friend, if you let a friend get bullied. Please say something and put an end to bullying,” said the officer.
According to a national antibullying campaign, Bullying Statistic, one in every four kids experiences bullying on a regular basis throughout their time in school.
“Between cyber bullying and bullying at school, the school bullying statistics illustrate a huge problem with bullying and the American school system.
In a recent SAFE survey, teens in grades sixth through 10th grade are the most likely to be involved in activities related to bullying. About 30 percent of students in the United States are involved in bullying on a regular basis either as a victim, bully or both. These school bullying statistics show what a problem bullying of all kinds in the United States has become. The recent school bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is becoming increasingly prevalent on school property as well as involving students even when they are not at school. Because of this growing number of kids affected by bullying, more and more schools throughout the country are cracking down on the measures taken to stop bullying,” stated the report.
Bullying is not just getting beat up on the playground, it includes verbal taunting, cyber bullying, spreading rumors, and social exclusion.
“When it comes to verbal bullying, this type of bullying is the most common type with about 77 percent of all students being bullied verbally in some way or another including mental bullying or even verbal abuse. These types of bullying can also include spreading rumors, yelling obscenities or other derogatory terms based on an individual’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Out of the 77 percent of those bullied, 14 percent have a severe or bad reaction to the abuse, according to recent school bullying statistics. These numbers make up the students that experience poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety about going to school and even suicidal thoughts (bullycide) as a result of being bullied by their peers. Also as part of this study, about one in five students admitted they are responsible for bullying their peers. Almost half of all students fear harassment or bullying in the bathroom at school, according to these school bullying statistics. As a result of this fear and anxiety of being bullied, many students will make excuses or find ways around going to school. School bullying statistics also reveal that teens ages 12-17 believe they have seen violence increase at their schools. In fact, these numbers also show that most violent altercations between students are more likely to occur on school grounds than on the way to school for many teens.”
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department started an annaul antibullying event for kids to educate school children about the serious consequences to bullying and the devastating effects it can have on bullying victims. The organizers also gave away filled bookbags as raffle prizes to participating students, arranged group games to play, and encouraged the children to make a pledge to never bully.