5 Reasons School 2015 reminds us that bullying is never the answer
No one should ever resort to bullying. The first episode of the new KBS series School 2015 breaks viewers' hearts as we watch actress Kim So Hyun portray tortured high school student Lee Eun Bi. Even the second character she plays, Lee Eun Byul, is secretly dealing with a bully of her own.
Many people around the world, including myself, have had to deal with the evil reality of bullying in school. Whether the treatment is moderate or extreme, bullying is a serious issue that should never be ignored. I have listed five reasons why this new series reminds us that bullying is never the right answer.
1. Bullying inflicts wounds that may never heal.
Harsh words feel like a knife in the back. Victims can carry a few cruel phrases with them for the rest of their lives. It can cloud one's outlook on life.
2. It can cause physical harm.
A broken bone, bruise, or even being drenched in liquid is never ok. Abuse comes at all levels.
3. The victim battles loneliness.
No one is truly alone, but when a person is bullied, they have difficulty trusting others. There are billions of people in the world battling their own issues every day.
4. Cyber-bullyng can be more lethal than old-fashioned bullying.
Sending hateful messages online can embarrass a victim on a global scale. Worldwide humiliation is truly unbearable compared to bullying in a small school setting.
5. Victims may consider suicide as the only way out.
Bullying is one of the main reasons for suicide in 10- to 19-year-olds in South Korea. In 2013, a 15 year-old boy outlined in his suicide note that most abuse happens in the blind spots of closed-circuit cameras in schools. South Korean President Park Geun Hye declared school violence a “social ill.” In response, more high-resolution, closed-circuit cameras were installed in schools and an effort to target school gangs has become a priority.
Have you ever been bullied? How did you overcome it?
You can see the powerful message about the dangers of school bullying in School 2015:
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