Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Today in our school and many schools around the nation bullying between students can be seen and is present.  1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school, according to the DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services)*

” I see a lot of bullying and hatred in the halls,” ninth grader Fern Loughridge said.

At the junior high if any student is being bullied or sees bullying students are directed and have the option  to go and talk to one of several guidance counselors where help will be given to find a way to stop the bullying. Several students at the junior high had opinions about bullying and how it is handled.

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Tyler Novack a ninth grader who participates in several school activities shared his thoughts. Q: Do you feel bullying is handled well at the junior high? A: Yes, I feel that the school does their best to stop bullying in school Q: Do you feel bullying is a growing problem in schools? A: Yes, I see and hear about students getting bullied daily. Q: Have you ever experienced or seen bullying? A: Yeah I have a bit, a lot of people experience at some point.   Photo by Emily Simmons
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A ninth grader Candace Outten gave her opinion about bullying. Q: Do you feel bullying is a problem in school? A: Yes defintely, I am in ninth grade and still get bullied Q: Why do you feel bullying occurs or has gotten worse. A: Because now, we are kind of more, like enforced and made to believe that certain things are beautiful and certain things aren’t. Q: Do you feel the school handles bullying well? A: I don’t think we handle it strong enough, I know plenty of students who get bullied still. Photo by Emily Simmons

 

 

 

 

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Another ninth grader Fern Loughridge gave her opinion on how she feels about bullying and how the school handles it. Q: Do you think bullying is a growing problem in schools? A: Yes I do, students get picked on for a variety of things everyday. Q’ How do you feel the school handles bullying? A: Personally, I feel they do their best to provide help and find a solution, every situation is different though. Q: Have you ever been bullied in school? A: Personally, yes I have been and so have many other people I know. Photo by Emily Simmons
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“People have personal issues and bully other people,” said Dylan Mauer “Nobody tells the teachers or principal about this and nothing happens to them. We don’t handle bullying well,” Mauer said.  Photo by Sarah Harmon
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“Personally yeah, I have been bullied, and when I was bullied in seventh grade I went and talked to the counselor and then brought the other person in and we worked it out so it would stop. Overall I feel the school tries to handle it well, but typically it doesn’t work.” Kennedy said. “They do try and help though which is good.” Kennedy said when asked about her opinion on bullying and how the school handles it. Photo by Emily Simmons
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“The only advice I can give to help students who experience bullying, is to talk to your parents or someone who is a trusted adult, no matter what talk to someone. The school can help but its good to confide in someone who also could help, there will always be someone there for you. ” Amanda Ickes said when asked if she personally had any advice for students. “Bullying is a growing problem in school because people have become hateful and arre too afraid to speak up when something happens or talk to someone so it continues.” Ickes said when asked about if she felt bullying was a growing problem in schools. Photo by Emily Simmons

 

"People in the school are mean," seventh grader Jensen Scheck said, "I've seen bullying in Altoona with kids pushing each other around in the hallways.  People just get away with it and teachers don't do anything.   We should have a hall monitor on each floor to take care of this."
“People in the school are mean,” seventh grader Jensen Schleck said. “I’ve seen bullying in Altoona with kids pushing each other around in the hallways. People just get away with it and teachers don’t do anything. We should have a hall monitor on each floor to take care of this.” Photo by Sarah Harmon

 

At any time if a student at the junior high is being bullied or witnesses it, they are able to go and talk to one of the many counselors at the junior high to seek help.

 

*Statistics from: http://www.americanspcc.org/bullying/statistics-and-information/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwgoKqBRDt_IfLr8y1iMUBEiQA8Ua7Xf3P8BGpR-VXMOBD20YbARXIX08bZH2p7vuYqI9uEMEaAkDH8P8HAQ

See their full article for more facts on bullying around the nation.