Turning a blind eye
Bullying is an epidemic around the world.
Though many of us witness it and even participate in it (or suffer from it) at some point in time or in some form or another, few of us will ever fully understand what it means to be bullied to a point of no return.
What makes children bully? Humans are social creatures; does this teasing and mocking come from some innate place that prompts us to act out in social settings? Is bullying, as so many claim, just an everyday example of Darwinism? Or is it just hatred, plain and simple, that children need to be taught to stop and prevent?
If you think bullying is a problem that should be dealt with by teachers and educators, you’re not going to like the following story. What could have been a life-changing—and life-saving—intervention became the exact opposite when one teacher refused to stop bullying in her classroom.
If you turn on the news today or read the trending topics online, a story about bullying is sure to be there.
Sadly, kids torturing other kids both mentally, emotionally, and even physically is all too common these days, especially with the advent of omnipresent social media and digital lifestyles. But it’s not just kids who bully. Just look around at the country and world’s political stage today and you’ll see what happens when bullies aren’t put in their place as kids. Sadly, the more we normalize it, the harder it becomes to stop.
Around the World
Bullying isn’t just a problem in the United States. According to 2016 statistics from World Atlas, the USA doesn’t even make the top ten countries where adolescent bullying is the worst. Their recent poll showed that Austria, Estonia, and Russia have the highest reported rates of adolescent bullying, at least among boys.
In our modern world, bullying is no longer just a problem in schools. Kids who used to be able to find sanctuary at home now find themselves picked on in text messages and online, making nowhere safe.
In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control said that nearly 4,500 teens and younger children commit suicide each year due to cyber bullying.
And it’s not just a problem among kids. Studies show that people identified as bullies as children are more likely to get arrested later in life. So how do we stop this problem before it gets started? Education is clearly the key.
When teachers fail to teach
As we already know, Russia is one of the countries with the most reported incidents of adolescent bullying in the world. With state-supported homophobic attacks happening all the time, it’s no surprise that young people in the nation are familiar with hate and are wont to carry it out themselves.
But this latest story of bullying in a Russian school—which has gone on to make international headlines—takes typical bullying to the next level. Let us warn you here that the following content is deeply upsetting:
This is the footage from Russian Polytechnic College Number 8 where a new student met a tragic fate at the hands of bullying gone too far. Watch the video next.