Carry your Head High and Smile

scarlette-staff-editorialIt is foolish to say bullying does not exist in our school. We have all seen it in the classroom, in the hallways, and in social media. You might not realize what you have seen, as physical bullying here is a rarity and news of a fight spreads across the school like wildfire. Emotional bullying,  sadly, is much more common.

We at the Scarlette believe the best way to deal with being a target is self-confidence. If a person insults your outfit or person, respond with pride. They may not like your skirt but hey, you do, and that’s what matters most. Taking pride in your appearance and in yourself is a life skill that students should learn in high school in and out of the classrooms.

However, this is easier said than done. If you struggle with confidence, or with portraying an air of pride, use the “fake it till you make it” method. Confidence is not something that can be formed overnight, but you can always try your best to give off an air of self-assuredness. Bullying does not stop after high school; nasty people live all around the world and you will encounter them everywhere. Starting to build confidence now will help later, as you will have found something in yourself to turn to. Popping on a smile and thinking positively about yourself can change your day and your responses to harassment.

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