I cringed as I watched the video. It brought back a memory I have only shared with my mom (the day it happened) and my family. I was in my 8th grade history class. Now I don’t remember what we were doing in the classroom but somehow I ended up on the floor, against a wall and 4-5 boys were holding my head and taking a Sharpie and dotting my scalp. I can remember telling them to stop but they wouldn’t. If I remember right, they weren’t being mean…just being boys. The one thing that stands out in my mind the most, is the teacher just sat there and laughed.
Was this a practical joke? I guess I have always chalked it up as that, but if you fast forward to today, it would probably be considered bullying.
I have vivid images of my mom and I sitting on the front porch and as I told her the story, I cried. Since it was so many years ago, I can’t really remember if I was mad. I do know I was embarrassed and humiliated. I didn’t want to go back to school the next day either. She was very understanding and calmed me with her motherly advice.
Fast forward to 2012…do you think this would have been considered bullying or just a practical joke? As an 8th grader I would say practical joke but as I watched the bullying video on the news, I second guess myself and (maybe) call it bullying? What would you call it?