Who Am I? By Tashiana Williams

I once met this girl, her face so vivid in my mind, though her name I have forgotten
Whose eyes were chapter books, her heart a diary holding hostage feelings that were locked in
She began to unravel her inner thoughts, all at once to me
And then I learned that in order to fly your soul must be freed
She spoke of her heart that seemed to always get torn into pieces
And how her struggle to think straight always resulted in creases
She spoke of growing up with a mother and a confused father
Who would come around when he wanted to, but she never showed how much this scarred her

She grew up in a neighborhood in which she knew she didn’t belong
Where innocence was easily lost because violence was soo strong
Her mind was her gateway, she was blessed with intelligence
But who knew how easily that could be shrunken by ignorance?
Her self esteem was low, her confidence swept the floor
As she began to realize how cruel the outside world could be when you possess a visible flaw

She’d make sure to always be the backdrop in an abundant crowd
Afraid to speak up, but its obvious that silence is soo loud
Attention began to become her arch enemy
Her words full of emotion as she continued to speak to me
On the outside she seemed strong though on the inside she was weak
She often found herself giving up when the obstacles became too steep
This girl whose name just wont come back to mind
Has evolved into a beautiful butterfly overtimeIMG00124-20100726-1601
She has gained strength unafraid of what the future may hold
And considers herself a winner even if she doesn’t always take home the gold
She has learned that harsh words are the swords of the frail
And that talk is cheap, but actions, well they yell
Though her name I have forgotten, her story I will always keep
Who am I? I’m glad you asked .. because I am she.

“Different Kinds of Bullying” by Shanese

1. Physical bullying includes any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc. Taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying it would also be considered a type of physical bullying. For example, if someone was walking down the street and someone came up to them and shoved them to the ground, that would be physical bullying. In elementary and middle schools, 30.5% of all bullying is physical.

2. Verbal bullying is name-calling, making offensive remarks, or joking about a person’s religion, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or the way they look. For example, if there was a group of kids who made fun of another kid because he couldn’t run as fast as everyone else, it would be an example of verbal bullying. 46.5% of all bullying in schools is the verbal type. Verbal aggression is when a bully teases someone. It can also include a bully making verbal threats of violence or aggression against someone’s personal property.

3. Indirect bullying includes spreading rumors or stories about someone, telling others about something that was told to you in private, and excluding others from groups. An example would be if you started a rumor that a boy in your class likes playing with dolls, and if the reason that you made up the story was because you thought it was funny. This would be indirect bullying. Indirect bullying accounts for 18.5% of all bullying.

4. Cyberbullying is done by sending messages, pictures, or information using electronic media, computers (email & instant messages), or cell phones (text messaging & voicemail). For instance, if you sent a picture of a snake in an email to a person because you know that they are afraid of snakes, that would be an example of cyberbullying. According to a survey done in 2003 only 4% of bullying is listed as “other types” and this would include cyberbullying. Even though this number seems small, the growth of this type of bullying is going up fast because of the spread of technology around the world.

Source: http://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/00117/typesbullying.html