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Bullying in Wantagh and Seaford

How serious is the bullying problem locally?

Bullying program in Wantagh in October 2013 Photo  Elizabeth Sobel/Syntax
Bullying program in Wantagh in October 2013 Photo Elizabeth Sobel/Syntax
This week students in the Seaford School District are taking part in an anti-bullying program.

It's a national program called "Rachel's Challenge" named for a victim of the 1999 Columbine Massacre.

The program is designed to show how bullying can lead to violence.

We want to know how much of a problem it is locally.

Do you feel bullying is widespread in Wantagh or Seaford? If not, how big a problem is it? Or is it a problem at all?

Let us know in the comment section below.
Christopher Wendt December 04, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Bullying is a tendency that manifests itself beginning in the pre-teen years and then, as potential or budding bullies formerly scattered among several elementary schools are aggregated into a middle school environment, bullying can blossom into a real problem, which, if not addressed in middle school will fester and become a much more serious problem in high school. The potential for any school or district to have a bullying problem is constant, demanding constant vigilance, education and other preventive or corrective action. ..................................................................................................... It has been my sense over the past several years that a high level of awareness and nearly constant anti-bullying initiatives have been effective at reducing bullying in Wantagh, Seaford, Salk and Wisdom Lane Middle Schools. But I have no statistics to back up that opinion. ...................................................................................................... I do not think it will ever be a safe or an accurate assumption in any middle or high school to think or say that "we don't have a bullying problem".
Al Thomson December 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I commend Mr. Wendt for his comment and efforts made by local schools to heighten the public's awareness of Bullying and the potential for violence, especially when no preventive or corrective action is taken. It's important to realize that schoolyard bullies grow up to become workplace bullies. In both cases, bullying is generally ignored, unless some tragic or violent event takes place as a result. The public is seldom aware of the emotional pain bullies and their associates can inflict on targeted individuals. Especially where schools, colleges and other iconic institutions are involved, fear of negative publicity and embarrassment are likely to take precedence over taking corrective action. In the workplace, the typical response is to reward the bully by transfer or promotion to a different location, while often taking actions to punish the victim for speaking out. Thus far, victims seldom have the opportunity to present their side of the bullying experience, which often is interpreted as being "overly sensitive" or "whining" without anyone knowing the full details, which in many cases are documented and/or witnessed by others. It may seem embarrassing to a school or workplace to speak publicly about bullying. I, by no means, defend acts of violence that can result from bullying in either situation.
Ronnie December 05, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Bullying has no boundaries and is prevalent in all aspects of everyday life. Words and adverse actions are deliberately used to minimizing the value of the person being targeted. In the workplace mobbing happens because employees feel they have to go along to get along. When complaints are ignored then the behavior persists and those who have the ability to change the behavior are now enablers.
Gloria R December 06, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Young children can learn about kindness and tolerance through song. The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
Lorraine DeVita December 06, 2013 at 08:42 AM
The values we teach our children will be reflected in their interaction with others. IF we teach our children tolerance, compassion, kindness, self confidence, empathy and forgiveness thru the example of our own everyday actions the likelihood of them resorting to being a "bully" is practically nil. Parents look to yourselves, how you walk thru life is the example your child will emulate.. Bully's aren't born they are a product of their own insecurities, their own LACK of self worth and the environment they grow up in.

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