Commentary: Bullying through the lens of a high school videographer
April 29, 2014
[Editor's note: Special contribution by Romnick Fallejo. Fallejo is a senior at Schweinfurt Middle/High School.]
SCHWEINFURT, Germany (April 29, 2014) -- Army Community Service came to the middle-high school recently to showcase a movie on bullying in response to the rise of bullying in American schools.
Sara McCauley, Family Advocacy Program manager, presented the film Bully, a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America, followed by a brief panel discussion to shed some light on this important issue.
Many community leaders, along with parents and students, shared diverse views on the issue. But in the end everyone agreed that bullying needs to stop and that no one should ever be bullied.
Jack McCauley, a student at Schweinfurt Middle High School said it was enlightening to see the appalling conditions in the larger schools stateside.
"When it comes to this problem I am relieved to live in Schweinfurt, because I have never seen anything to that extent here," McCauley said.
Another student, Jesse Juan, shaken by the scenes of victims who committed suicide, realized there are no innocent bystanders.
"I realize now that bullying is more brutal than I actually thought. I decided now that I should do something whenever someone is being bullied," he said.
The general feeling of the movie was very touching, hurtful and surprising considering that some of children in the world are being mistreated and thinking that the people hurting them are their own friends.
As a student videographer, I watched the movie but also the audience's reactions. The faces that each person made were all the same. Each one of their reactions seemed to show that they were wishing they could have realized the problem sooner. They also showed disgust at how some people choose to treat others. All were wishing that they could have done something to help.
If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, help is available. Just fill out the Student Bullying Report Form.