Editorial: Bullying and prevention
It seems as though an increasing theme around this time of the year is politics. We have primaries on a state-by-state basis, and everyone is looking for a seat as the commander in chief. Trickle back to the University of Rhode Island and there is another presidency race for the position in the Student Senate. The candidates have stated their opinions and elaborated on issues that they find to be troublesome to students at the university. The issue that seems to be the most agreed upon is the rise in tuition.
This isn't to say that there aren't different issues around this and other schools nationwide. Recently a string of bullying and bullying-related situations have been taking place across the United States. Bullying is a condescending act that the Webster dictionary defines as a way "to affect [others] by means of force or coercion." It's an act that is frowned upon everywhere and you shouldn't be a victim of. No matter what grade you're in, you should never feel like a victim of bullying, take part in bullying, or feel that it is right. Most people believe that bullying remains in grade school, but it can, in fact, follow one to higher education institutions.
Bullying isn't limited to face-to-face interactions, with the advancement in technology, bullying has grown to include a new problem—cyberbullying. According to stopcyberbullying.com, cyberbullying is when one is "tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another [individual] using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones." This includes Facebook, Twitter, text messages and other forms of technological attacks. Cyberbullying is a crime, but most don't know this. You should never be a victim of it. If you are or know anyone who is put in this situation, have them go to someone for guidance.
No matter where you live there are people you can turn to. You can always turn to resident advisors, even if you aren't their resident. They are willing to listen and have an open-door policy. Within all other resources you have that you can go to on campus, there is a Bias Response Team. According to their website, the Bias Response Team "does not adjudicate student conduct code violations, affirmative action issues, or issues of state or federal law." They help students and other individuals get to the resources necessary to help advance toward a resolution to the problem. You can have peace of mind knowing that your information won't be released to the public.
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