OMS Village News
The High Cost of Bullying
Written by: Tatiana Serrano
Why is it that people find it so easy to pick on people they don’t know? Everyone is different: some people are fat, some people are skinny, but that does not give you a right to bully them. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you were them? Some of the many ways people get bullied is through social media, and sometimes they get bullied physically or verbally.
Bullying is bad for people and can lead to suicide. Many people, even adults, start to cut themselves. We are harming our bodies when we do that. Bullying is really bad for the human body because once we start to hurt ourselves, we start to get used to it to the point where we do it for fun or we do it because it’s just a part of our life now.
I had a situation where I was getting bullied and it got to the point where I wanted to just not be alive anymore, and during that time I was very depressed and I felt like I had no one to talk to and I kept a lot of my feelings to myself and I did consider taking my life and you might be wondering why, so this is why. It all started in 6th grade and I had a friend that rode the same bus as one of the boys at school and I had a class with him and every morning when she got off the bus she would hang out with me and she would always tell me things like he is saying this and that about you or he is starting a rumour about you and telling everyone it’s true. That kept going on and on and then it got worse when another guy from one of my classes told me that I should go and kill myself already and that’s when I just got tired of it and then to top it all off, my friend told me that the boy wanted to fight me and I just broke when she told me that. It is still weird to talk about this, but I felt that I should share this. Just know that you are not alone and I know you may not care or you have heard this several times, but it’s true. I overcame the situation by talking to Mrs. Sideregts, our Guidance Counselor, and she talked to me about why I felt that way and I told her why and before I felt like I had no one to talk to until I talked to her and the only reason why I talked to her or she found out about it because I had an amazing teacher, Mr.Wilson, who was concerned and talked to her. I felt like I was alone but I really wasn’t. You are not alone either.
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Why did we have Wednesday off of school?
Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday observed on the 10th day of the lunar month of Tishri, so it occurs in either September or October. It is a day of humbling oneself through fasting and prayer. When the temple in Jerusalem stood, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies only on this day to gain forgiveness for the people. Since the temple no longer stands, this practice does not still take place. The important message today is forgiveness of sins, but this is for only those who repent, that is, change their ways. - Mr. Trzasko