Danville Child Shares His Experience With Bullying To Help Others
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCCU) —
Bullying is increasing via social media, but while cyber-bullying,a relatively new phenomenon, is more apparent -- one ten-year-old student says not to forget bullying still happens plenty in face to face interactions.
"Last year, I got bullied," South View Upper Elementary School student Dameon Meyer said as he shared his encounter with bullying in school. "I was just ignoring it, like thinking.... will you please stop."
‘Stop’ is a thought that runs through the minds of more than 3 million children every year.
Principal Mendy Spesard said 81 percent of bullying acts nationwide are not even reported to adults.
"As a principal for several years at District 118, bullying pops up,” Spesard said. “Something that's repetitive and it's meant to injure. We are scared for the student andwe want to help as much as we can. We want to alleviate any fear; we want the school to be the safest place they can be."
Principal Spesard single handedly put together an anti-bullying presentation Thursday for staff, students, and parents.
The grandparents of another child at South View say they ask their grandson over dinner every night whether or not he is bullied.
"Because there has been a lot of it in the past, it's horrible,” the Estes said. “I'm sick to see it happen to other children."
The presentation ended with a documentary film called "Bully," which chronicles peer-to-peer bullying and how to exonerate those harassments.
Meyer said to stay positive and gave his advice to other children.
"Tell your mom or family member and then tell your teacher -- get it stopped."
With three District 118 anti-bullying hotlines, and vigilant teachers, Meyer said he hopes the best for all students.
"It is good that people are trying to get bullying to stop,” Meyer said.