BAKER CITY:  Organizations bring awareness to bullying

BAKER CITY: Organizations bring awareness to bullying

In larger areas as well as smaller rural areas bullying can be a big problem. That is why the Prevention Team at New Directors Northwest and the Baker County Safe Communities Coalition are presenting “The Bully Project” a documentary that takes an intimate and unflinching look bullying. According to Leigh Ratterman with New Directions Northwest, Bullying is defined as when an individual or group repeatedly harms another person either physically, verbally or socially. Bullying can happen to anyone at any age and can happen both in person and/or online.
The act of bullying is more prevalent in the school setting with school-age children. Types of bullying include hitting, pushing, teasing, name calling and even spreading rumors.
According to a 2016 report, one in five students reported being bullied. 43% of bullied students did report this to a trusted adult and nearly 50% of bullying situations stops when a peer stands up for a student being bullied. Students who are bullied are 2.6 times more likely to attempt suicide.
According to Ratterman, in Baker City, face to face bullying has been a concern but there has been a rise in social video game bullying. This is where students are being bullied online while playing games.
Ratterman said that this particular film, “The Bully Project” was chosen due to the number of bullying incidents within the community of Baker City. Consequences for victims of bullying can range from social isolation, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem to extreme instances where the results in suicide.
The hope is that community members of all ages will attend this screening and help bring awareness to this important topic.
A screening will be held at Churchill on March 29th at 7 pm.