You may see people wearing pink shirts bearing the phrase “Stood up.”
Those shirts are a symbol of the anti-bullying day initiative put on by the family resource center.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter reports.
To step in and say, hey, bullying is not cool
Bullying, an injustice that happens all over the world and is affecting children in Cayman’s education system.
“The facts that it creates a very negative culture and climate in the school system, right, where people feel unsafe, fearful.” Said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center
As bullying in school directly affects students… It indirectly affects parents
“So that impacts the parents too because they develop a lack of trust in the school system because issues might not be addressed as they would like them to in a proactive manor.” Said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center
And the impacts can be psychologically damaging
“People who are bullied tend to then go on to abuse substances as well as engage in illegal behaviour, so drug use.” Said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center
As victims of bullies are at risk, bullies too are in the same boat.
“To a certain extent bullies are also excluded right, so while there is this fear that others may have of them and they may feel that they are in control and have some power, they are still in a lonely place too.” Said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center
No one is born a bully, but different environements can produce bullying.
“Are they victims themselves of abuse in their home, have they been treated with nurture and love or is it the opposite, where they are constantly being brought down and so that is the behaviour that they have learned and taken that into the school system.” Said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center
At George Town Primary, members from service club Rotarty and Rotaract joined early act members to talk about bullying,
“If nobody ever speaks out, nothing will ever get done, but when you stand up, you’re making an effort to say, hey look, this is not cool and we’re taking a stand for it.” Said Jerrell Garner, Rotary Sunrise’s Youth Director.
“Taking a stand” is the theme of this year’s anti-bullying campaign, for taking a stand shows someone who’s vulnerable that there’s strength in numbers.