Letters to editor

Bullies in reverse

By From page A8 | September 08, 2014

Bullies have been around for many, many years and causing many tears and fears in all of our communities under different names. Our students should not impose their anger toward fellow students.

Students must learn ways of positive communication by scheduling a meeting with the school guidance counselor about their negative feelings and receive information on how to redirect anger and therefore learn the value of positive behavior at school and away from school.

Counselors may set up support groups. Students, parents, teachers and other school personnel will find time to communicate with our youth and community members when the issue is how to respond when confronted by a bully. Such groups would allow a bully to learn about positive communication. This would allow the opportunity for the bully to discuss their problem of wanting to have confrontations, and to learn that bullying does not resolve the hurtful situation. Each positive conversation opens a door to a clearer understanding that leads to a discussion of how they can get to the root of the anger problems that exist. Therefore, each positive conversation opens a door to clearer understanding of others’ feelings.

Let us all try to release the magic of seven letters in all of us as a community to change the negative word of bullies to an extremely positive seven-letter word with positive meanings for each letter, as community and schools work together to find closure on bullying issues.

Believe and keep hope for students and communities! Together we can make a difference in our communities for our students, and our future leaders.

Bullies from Negative to Positive:

  • B-Believe that change can happen.
  • U-Understand why a student is being a bully and try to get to the root of the problem.
  • L-Let all students feel safe at school.
  • L-Listen to both sides of every confrontation.
  • I-Initiate positive communication.
  • E-Educational values: A passport to positive self-esteem.
  • S-Safety: Practice safety in all daily activities, as well as to and from school.

Delores J. Da’Venport


Letter to the Editor


Discussion | 12 comments

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  • Time For TruthSeptember 08, 2014 - 6:03 am

    I just watched the video from Memphis TN where a mod of black youts beat the snot out of three white people at a Krogers. It was completely for sport. I'm sure that before the white people went unconscious it was great fun watching them plead and suffer. When your bully is an animal with the taste of blood, the ONLY solution is to put the animal down. Talk talk talk means nothing... swift physical action is what an animal understands.

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  • rlw895September 08, 2014 - 11:05 am

    TFT: You're white, right?

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  • Time For TruthSeptember 08, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Really? What if I called Bush Jr a bully. Would that make you feel better?

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  • rlw895September 08, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    I'll take that as a yes. It's just that you used a strangely racist example to make your point when you didn't have to.

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  • cbSeptember 08, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Sorry, but when you have kids who won't admit that they are bullies and parents who won't admit or see that their kid is a bully, who are you going to talk to?

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  • patrickSeptember 08, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    ombama has accomplished .what he set out to do. divide the united states. I hope Americans wake up to this fact.

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  • rlw895September 08, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    Go back to sleep.

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  • RobSeptember 08, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Patrick seems pretty awake and aware to me, Obama and congress have divided this country. I remember as a kid that when a proposition passed or failed it was by a significant amount/percentage. Today propositions pass or fail by only a few percentage points. There is no clear direction in this country and we will pay the price in the coming decades. rlw895, if a bunch of white kids had beaten some black kids in a Kroegers it would have been headline news across the country, but it wasn't, that is racism

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  • rlw895September 08, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    R: Sure it is. But is it rational?

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  • rlw895September 08, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    R: My main objection to what patrick wrote is that he says Obama entered office intending to divide the nation. Do you agree with that?

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  • 2realSeptember 08, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Amen.. im sick of it as well. Racism is a two way street but only one way in most peoples eyes.

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  • General Fadi BasemSeptember 08, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    The diseased branch of the tree is best cut off and placed into the fire.

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