Anti-Defamation League Will Hold Bullying Workshop

It’s hard to turn on a news program or talk show without hearing something about bullying. However, some say many cases being labeled as bullying are things that may have previously been labeled teasing or just bad behavior. This is Memorial High school sophomore Alex Meyer.

"I’ve seen physical bullying. I’ve seen mostly verbal bullying. To this day, I have these two best friends and they were always bickering. Sometimes their two against one, them against me. I’ve noticed that what they do and not just my friends, but they pull out your weaknesses and exploit them and use them against you just to embarrass you."

Meyer says she was bullied when she was ten years old. She says her best friend at the time made up a rumor about her and the whole school ended up not liking her.

"After that experience, all I wanted to do was help people and I never wanted a girl or a boy to be put in that position like I was, because I felt like I had no one to turn to."

Looking back Meyer believes things would have been different if she had only had a little thicker skin and more self confidence to not let those things bother her. Whether or not cases like that are proof that bullying is on the rise can be debated. And regardless of what label you use, most people agree the internet is making it easier for students to do cruel things to each other.

"You used to be able to go to school. This might happen at school and you’d go home and have a safe haven. Now, we find that kinds don’t really have a safe haven. They’re connected to technology to text messaging, to Facebook, to instant messaging. They’re likely to be the brunt of bullying in more places than just in school."

That’s a Martin Cominsky of the Anti-Defamation League. They want to teach other students to stand up for each other when they’re being teased, harassed, hazed or bullied.

The organization is sponsoring a youth summit next month for middle school students at the George Brown Convention Center. Cominsky says the key is teaching students to be leaders not victims.

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