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Journal Entry: Tue Nov 8, 2011, 8:02 AM
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A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take out a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up, not to rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty it was. She then told them to tell it they're sorry. Now, even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they're sorry, but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Copy and paste this if you are against bullying.

Copied from MissRadio's journal.

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Dalyla-Imaginarium Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
Thorbeastwolvie Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude....empowering total support
InkDrawnDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a very good excercise, I wish they'd done it when I was in grade school.
(My social studies teacher this year actually made us do something similar to this for a Reconstruction simulation.)
StarlightAngel-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this should be an exercise in every school. That really gets the message across so much better than words "don't bully people, it's wrong, it hurts people. Ignore bullies and they will leave you alone or tell them they hurt you, call for help"
SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, "ignore them" is the worse tip ever :(
Bfoxkk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
they dont go into detail like this at ours schools

they just tell us to call kids help phone.
jayfoxfire Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Wow, they shoulda used this in my high school.....which now I'm out of there thankfully XD
iheartebil Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... After reading the many posts below, I feel this excercise the teacher has done, is a good intention but I don't think it can solve anything. But its a first step... But those who would understand the message is probably the victims themselves rather than the bullies....

It likes telling teenagers don't drink and drive, or don't speed while driving, but you know what their mindsets are "I'm invincible! No body can touch me! Nothing can harm me!" [and then boom, car crashes and they are getting charged with vehicular manslaughter!] I think its the exact same thing... Nothing would probably change and/or the bullies probably won't even put two in two together [that the kid you are picking on and isolating and making miserable is called bullying]

I've been bullied but not to the extent others have been saying [either that, or I don't remember at all what actually happened] All I remember, are the feelings left behind. I felt alone, isolated, and hated school. Luckily (?) my teachers were not as bad as others have gone through below... mine actually listened and the bullies stopped.

I appreciate you victims of bullies! You guys are very strong to go through such ordeals over rather long periods of time! You guys are my inspiration! Don't Give Up!

And for those who say "suck it up" <-- that is the WORST advice ever! WHY? Why should they [victims] "suck it up" why don't the bullies just "suck it up" and get over their jeolousy or whatever reason they give to torment others! The victims shouldn't be victimized again... no I think its time bullies realize how painful it really is! If anything, Silence is a killer! I say, fight!
SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
yes you're right you can't teach most of the children, BUT if they're young they can learn easier.

I was bullied since I was kid and it haven't stopped yet.

I was very sad how many hateful comments I saw.
TommyGK Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bully victim here.

Your teacher is a saint, this exercise needs to be taught to EVERYONE.
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