Bullying: Personal Thoughts?
TEACH Journal of Christian Education
Bullying : Personal Thou ghts?
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0 Longburn Adventist College
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Bullying: Personal thoughts?
Assistant Principal, Longburn Adventist College, Palmerston North, North New
“was it all
lot of ‘likes’
A couple of years ago we had a case of bullying
by one student of another student, in the form of
abuse on Facebook. This is nothing new, a recent
survey in NZ suggested that 40% of students had
been the victims of internet bullying during their
time at school. However what was surprising, was
that when a teacher asked a friend of the bully what
the victim had done to deserve being attacked,
the friend gave the teacher a pitying look and
replied “nothing, it was all about the bully getting
attention and receiving a lot of ‘likes’ supporting their
comments on Facebook.”
” related to the attention seeking attacks of the bully.
The sad thing was that later the victim had an
attempt at committing suicide, which probably was
The Bible starts with the original sin of Adam
and Eve in response to Satan’s promise of if you
disregard God and do what you like, ”You shall be
as God, determining for yourself what is good and
evil.” Unfortunately Satan missed out mentioning
that the consequence of this selfish lifestyle is pain
to yourself and others in this life and eternal death in
the world to come.
Maybe we are all too nice when we see hurtful
and divisive comments on social media, and it is all
too easy to hit the like button or ignore the comment
Often with USA college gun shootings the
perpetrator has foreshadowed what he intended
to do, using social media as his forum, and
unfortunately most of the comments he received in
response were egging him on and encouraging him
to act, with only a few brave people objecting to his
course of action. This makes me think that not only
do I need to regularly reflect on my own words and
actions in the light of God’s directions for my life, but
also “I am my brother’s keeper.”
“There is a way that seems right to people, but that
way leads only to death.” Proverbs 16:25 ERV
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