Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
I am writing in response to the article “Teen Crusades against Cyber bullying” on April 19, 2013. I am currently a resident of Westbury, Sherwood Gardens, for over twenty-five years with children who once attended the Westbury School District. As a mother and social worker graduate student I strongly believe that “bullying” in schools has escalated. This issue needs to be addressed aggressively. The negative impact of bullying has an effect on children’s psychological and physical well-being and interrupts the learning process. Children who are bullied may exhibit signs of depression, anxiety, and decrease in academic performance. Bullying is also associated to substance use and suicide. Bullying has an impact on those who are being bullied as well as those who actually witness bullying. Kids who bully others can also engage in violent and other risky behaviors into adulthood.
I applaud Samuel Lam for his courage and compassion for his peers, to take a stand against bullying. His actions are commendable; he is truly a positive role model for his peers and the community. His crusade against the different forms of bullying, physical and through social media, should encourage others to take the same stance, in order to provide a safe environment for our children to learn.