Letter to the Editor

Don’t be a bully

Sixth grade, Shell Beach ElementaryJune 5, 2013 

I think that bullying needs to stop in our community and everywhere. It is really unfair and hurtful. It crushes selfesteem, makes kids feel unsafe, and encourages kids to do bad things when they get older. We all need to pitch in to make it stop.

Here are some ways that everyone can use to stop bullies:

Don’t just stand by and watch someone get bullied. You may not know it, but if you are a bystander, you are a part of the problem.

Don’t be a bully. Punching and kicking aren’t the only types of bullying; teasing and gossiping also fall under that category.

Don’t let bullying get to you. Bullies like seeing their victims upset. If you are upset, calmly walk away before you give them the satisfaction of a reaction.

These are just a few ways to stop bullies in their tracks.

I think that schools need to emphasize antibullying programs, because most kids probably don’t know how to identi fy bullying, so they might be bullies without even realizing it. Everyone needs to play a part in stopping bullies to make it happen!

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