The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 31, 2012

Bullying by ridicule


Daily Item

---- — Today at lunch, a mentally disabled boy sat at my lunch table, as he does most days. He is the nicest person that I have ever met but somebody decided he did not like him. A boy at the table next to me told my friend to disappear. There was no reason for him to say this because my friend had never done anything to offend this other boy.

This is just one case, but what happened here happens far too often. Bullying is a problem, but it's even worse when students are bullied based upon things that they can't control. Adolescents with disabilities such as Down's Syndrome and mental retardation get ridiculed for something that they cannot control. They are born with it, and in our society, as soon as they're born they're cursed with ridicule for life.

The ridicule that these students receive is very unfair and it brings me to tears to watch it. I understand that it is impossible to completely stop bullying but there are many things that we can do to lessen it. In school, teachers can keep a closer eye on these students and the people around them. This makes it more likely that they will catch a bully and crack down on the situation. I know that when I see bullying like this occur, I step in because it is not fair to treat someone with such disrespect. All students should take action when they see these types of situations take place. We all have an obligation to help each other out and to protect one another against bullying.

Lindsey Trusal,

Selinsgrove Area High School