articles lately as something new, when bullying has been around from
many years back. The only difference is all those years ago children
didn’t have access to guns or Internet social pages. Now, they call it
“cyberbullying.” and blame everything on computers, iPods and
The problem of bullying needs to be eradicated wherever it shows up,
and especially from school grounds; maybe then we could avoid so many
of those tragic suicides committed by teens, as well as all those
other tragic criminal acts.
Thousands of teens wake up every day afraid to go to school because an
individual or a group of students pick on them over and over again,
either by their physical strength, by verbal abuse or because of their
Bullies tend to pick on children they think don’t fit in because of
how they look, how they act, or because they’re shy and withdrawn,
even if they are at the top of their class.
Parents, teachers and principals of schools need to look into this
matter. If you learn your child is being bullied at school, notify
your child’s teacher and the principal of the school and let them know
that you expect them to properly handle the situation. If at all
possible, notify them in writing, just in case they “forget” about
your concerns and/or complaints and you need to address the problem to
the School Board.
Children popular in groups and who have the tendency to manipulate
others in their group pretending to be the best thing in the world
since Coca-Cola, often bully others using verbal insults in order to
put themselves in charge.
These bullies sometimes even demand the terrorized child do their homework.
But — and there is always a but — the problem is not always the
teachers and principals of the schools. There are cases when the
parents are the ones in need of psychological evaluation for being so
controlling and possessive that their children just don’t communicate
their problems to them, because they don’t actually respect their
parents; they are just as afraid of them as they are of the bullies in
I personally know a case of a young child, a straight-A student, and a
victim of bullies at school. Children called him all kind of names;
teachers knew about the abuse and sometimes those teachers even called
him (mocked him) with the same unkind names their favorite students
had used to label him.
Where does a child go with his or her fear other than to Mom and Dad?
My little friend never learned to ride a bicycle because Mom said he
is going to break an arm; he never learned to skate because Mom said
he is going to break a leg.
My little friend cannot complain to Mom about the name-calling and
abuse he is receiving from classmates because Mom says, “You go to
school to learn and not to pay attention to what others say of you.”
In other words, Mom didn’t and wouldn’t go to school to protect her
child, and teachers had been taking advantage of this young child just
as much as the teacher’s favorite students were, probably because
those “favorite students” are very well known sons and daughters of
well-known families of the community.
Does anybody believe that this young boy can continue to be a
straight-A student any more? He is losing interest in school, period.
Official authorities are constantly talking about education. Please!
Unless they (the officials) do something about bullying and about the
sons and daughters of our official authorities and other highly
respected members of the community responsible for letting the bullies
continue, no A-straight student is going to just put up with all that
misery just for the benefit of our country.
Everybody needs to be educated. Bullying must stop!
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.