LONG—T| ME BOXING COACH, CHUCK
HORTON, HAS SEEN THE ILL-EFFECTS OF
BULLYING FIRSTHAND. HE HAS BEEN
WORKING FOR YEARS TO EMPOWER
TROUBLED CHILDREN AND TEENS WHO
ARE THE VICTIMS OF BULLYING. HE
COMBATS BULLYING BY TEACHING THE
KIDS OF DULUTH THE ART OF BOXING.
CHUCK BELIEVES THAT BOXING, WHICH
HELPS IMPROVE CONFIDENCE AND
INSTILL DISCIPLINE, CAN SERVE AS AN
ANTIDOTE TO THE TOXIC EFFECTS OF
BULLYING. THIS IS THE FIRST
INSTALLMENT OF A 7-PART SERIES,
AUTHORED BY ROXANNE WILMES, ABOUT
THE PHENOMENON OF BULLYING, AND
HOW IT NEGATIVELY EFFECTS BOTH ITS
PERPETRATORS AND VICTIMS.
For most at us the term
bullying conjures up images of
shaking down smaller kids for
their lunch money. That is of
course one Form of bullying,
but ’roday's methods have
become Far more advanced. In
addition to physical bullying,
there are also verbal, cyber,
and covert or hidden
Verbal bullying is probably what you
would think it is; people saying things to
hurt or discredit another person. But it
can also be the unwanted sexual
comments made to a person or taunts as
a person walks by. This type of abuse is
more difficult to prove and therefore
makes it harder for teachers to
intervene and stop it. That is probably
why it is so prevalent amongst school-
aged children. Students, however, may
get some relief byjust discussing it with
a trusted adult at school.
Covert bullies may be the most difficult to track
down and punish. In this circumstance. the
victim may be excluded from social activities.
be the subject of vicious rumors. or be
completely ostracized at school. Even though
the guilty party started the ball rolling. it's highly
likely that the message morphed into
something much worse as it was passed from
student to student. If a school professional
does catch wind of the issue and narrows down
a source. it's no longer the same message.
Could that be enough to call the bully innocent
then in this circumstance? It could be.
Cgber bullging is the newest form of
bullging. It can involve texting or instant
messaging, or humiliation and/ or threats
on social media sites. The ultimate goal
is to get the other person to feel bad
about himself. The abilitg to enter mang
sites and post anongmouslg affords
ample opportunitg to cgber bullies.
Although the harassment is taking place
via technologg, its effects are verg
present in the real world. Students who
are victims of cgber bullging can suffer
severe depression, harm themselves, or
even become suicidal.
CVBCZR BULLIES CAN BE CAUgHT, HOWEVER.
OETEN TIMES A CHILD WILL KNOW THE
OTHER STUDENT AND CAN RCCOQNIZCZ A
PHONE NUMBER THAT IS INVOLVED IN
TExTINg. OR MAVBE THEY CAN PRINT OUT OR
EORWARD SCREEN SHOTS OR THE OEEENSIVE
MESSAQES. IE LAW ENEORCEMENT NEEDS TO
gET INVOLVED WITH A COMPUTER-RELATED
CASE, THCZV MAV BE ABLE TO TRACE THE IP
ADDRESS AND NARROW DOWN THE COMPUTER
INVOLVED IN THE ONLINE BULL7INg.
The most important thing to
remember about bullying is
communication. If parents have
good communication with their
children, and open dialogue
regarding appropriate behavior,
children will be more likely to
discuss issues they encounter.
If a child is being bullied at
school, parents need to have a
conversation with someone at
the school and find out what
they're going to do to stop it.
If a child is being cyber
bullied, block the sehders.
If the messages are
threats or are encouraging
your child to hdrlvi hiIvI9e| I°,
report 0l§ Iviuch detail as
Possible to the Police.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
ROXANNE WlLl/ [ES