Schoolyard Scars: From A Students Perspective

Bullying can happen at any age, but here recently the students most affected are in their adolescent to teenage years, especially around the Wiregrass.
This time we wanted to see what children really thought about the issue in our area.

High school, it's a time where self identity is important, and many students have a hard time finding out who they are.

Being bullied while going to school does not help.
We sat down with seven students at Dothan High School, and it didn't take long for some of the students to admit they have dealt with bullying before.

How many of you have experienced bullying? Just raise your hand...

Five out of seven, but they all had something to say about bullying.

"The main thing in bullying people are like nervous, to come and like say, well this is like my personality, can you accept me for who I am," says 10th grader Destiny Snell.

"You're gonna be bullied, if you appear as a target, you're less likely to be bullied if you have self confidence and you know that I am who I am and that I not afraid to do or say what I think," says 12th grader Patrick Rodgers.

"Certain people pick on those targeted areas, you know your inner confidence those deficiencies," says 12th grader Justice Black

"Well I don't believe in bullying, I feel like if you have something to say about somebody, it's just better to tell them, so that it doesn't end up getting to them. I mean it's just easier to say what you think to the person," says 10th grader Brianna Michalaka.

11th grader Darlene Nguyen says the bullying has been so bad over the years, she has felt bad about herself.

"I think I am not worth anything,” says 11th grader Danielle Nguyen.

For her walking these halls can be cold and empty.

"Maybe if I wasn't born, it wouldn't be me that was cornered, that was centered in that situation, or maybe if I wasn't there, it wouldn't be so hard. If I wasn't this race maybe i wouldn't get pointed at," says 11th grader Danielle Nguyen.

What Danielle expressed concerned her peers.

"You are not the only one going through this," says 12th grader Patrick Rodger.

These teens believe some behavior mimics adults.

"What you see on TV, what you see on the streets, what you see in school, what you see from anyone around you, it's your environment,, it's just monkey see monkey do," says 11th grader Theresa Do.

It's a behavior child psychiatrist Jerilyn McCleod is seeing more often at her office in Dothan.

"Whether it's teasing, whether it's hitting, whether it's being intimidated," says Dr. Jerilyn McCleod.

It's a problem these students want to end before someone else is hurt.

There was a counselor present at the interview for the students, and she says she has made the commitment to work with each student on the issue of bullying.


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