Immature acts of bullying are unacceptable, grow up
Students should take a stand against bullying.
Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 01:05
A few weeks ago, as I was heading to my 10:10 a.m. class in Alison Hall, I had the displeasure of witnessing an unfortunate incident between a few of my fellow University of Delaware students. A student, also approaching the building, decided to walk up the ramp to enter the building, rather than taking the stairs—something he should be allowed to if he so chooses.
At this very same time, two male students were being dropped off at the building and began to point and laugh at the student who was walking up the ramp. "Nice ramp!" one of them shouted, and the other said, "He couldn't take the stairs?" Rather than responding to what his fellow students were yelling, he just continued walking, and entered the building. Right before he did this though, one of his antagonists said, loud enough for him to hear, "Whatever, he probably can't speak English anyway."
Having witnessed all of this, I have to say that I was incredibly disappointed that, at 21 years old, or even possibly only 18, these students felt the need to act this way. All I could think to myself was, "Why would you make fun of someone for taking a ramp instead of stairs? And why do you care if someone speaks English or not? How does that affect you?" There is a good chance that their target spent the entire day, or maybe even the entire week, feeling bad about himself, just so that they could gain some form of momentary entertainment and have themselves a nice laugh for a couple of minutes. Obviously, it would be impossible to expect that, in the "real world," people are always going to be nice to each other. We all know it's a tough world out there. However, there is a difference between having to deal with unpleasant personalities and tough bosses, and flat out bullying, which is what I saw on that day.
It's no secret that bullying has been a huge problem across the country during these past few months. It seems as though each day brings new stories about teenagers and college students who have killed themselves because they have felt the painful sting of bullying, and what is even scarier is that those committing suicide appear to be getting younger and younger. They have left behind devastated parents, family members and friends who, above everything else, wish they could bring their son or daughter back to life, but also pray that other young people out there will not have to experience this same type of pain. They shouldn't have to.
Of course, these two students who acted so poorly that day are by no means representative of most University of Delaware students. I am proud of most of my fellow UD students. I also cannot say that I am much better than they are. Although I glared at these bullies to show that I did not condone their behavior, I am ashamed to say I did not verbalize my opinions. It did make me realize though, as at least sort of adults, it's our responsibility not only to rise above any childish urges we might have to bully our fellow students, but also to stand up to others when they think they are entitled to.
Lana Schwartz is a Copy Editor for The Review. Her viewpoints do not necessarily represent those of the Review staff. Please send comments to email@example.com.