How To Stop A Bully: 15 Ways To No Longer Be A Victim
by Jon D. Webster
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I was 14. The youth and several adult members of my church I went to at the time, Roseberry Baptist Church were on our annual beach trip. Back then, I was an awkward, nervous teenager just trying to fit in.
I was standing in the boy's dorm when an older boy, Philip picked me up. I asked him what he was doing. He told me to shut up and not worry about it. As he lifted me up, I could see what he was about to do. He was carrying me to an open garbage can nearby almost filled with trash. He put me in and then carried me outside in front of everyone and then set me, now inside the garbage can, outside.
Jim Lowery, an adult chaperone, as usual, had his videocamera. He was nearby and filmed the whole thing. After everyone had a good laugh I got out of the garbage can and did my best to hide my shame.
When we got back in Mascot, Tennessee, as was tradition, all the youth, the adult chaperones, some of the youth's parents, and the entire church were in attendance. Before the church service started, I noticed a television set and VCR that had been wheeled on stage. I didn't think much of it. I guessed that the reason it was sitting on stage was that they were going to show some footage of the trip.
I was right. They were going to show something that had happened on the trip, but I was wrong in that I did not know exactly what we were about to see. The youth sat in the choir, as was custom, and we sang some songs. When we all went to sit down, Jim Lowery, the man who had the videocamera walked up to the television, popped in a videotape, and showed in front of the entire church the footage he had shot of me in the trash can. He then said with a gleam in his eye, "This is what we do to people we don't like."
It was a clear case of bullying. it was schadenfreude in the truest sense.
I did not do anything nor say anything at this point. I was too embarrassed and quite frankly stunned by what had happened. Nobody else did anything about it either. Many people laughed. They ...
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
Length: 7 Pages (1,382 KB)Lending: Not EnabledAdded: Feb 18th, 2020