By Amanda Wigley |Staff Writer|
National Anti-bullying Awareness Month kicked off with students sharing their experiences.
This month kicked off bringing awareness to people across the nation that bullying is a very serious issue.
“One incident of bullying [occurs] every seven minutes,” according to an article in the Huffington Post by Irene Monroe, the nationally-known African-American lesbian activist.
When you think of bullying, you may think it only happens to younger students. But sadly it happens to students of all ages and levels.
A CSUSB student was brave enough to tell his very personal story and I would like to share it with my readers so they can see just how painful bullying can be. He asked to remain anonymous, so out of respect for him I will refer to him as student throughout the article.
It all started for this student as a child, who was molested and “involuntarily introduced to sex by another male at a young age.”
After a life of confusion we move forward to the student’s time at CSUSB, where he “came out” as “gay”. The use of quotation marks is because the student feels that those terms are “merely labels given to us by society.”
Sadly this student was bullied this year on our very own campus. He was verbally abused by a member of the Greek organization he is a part of, someone who he thought would be the last person on earth to bully him.
“Faggot was the piercing word [he used] and I will never forget,” said the student. “Calling anyone a faggot with the purpose of offending another individual because of there declared orientation, is the most cowardice and insecure act of virtue and character I’ve ever seen.”
This student’s story will most likely hit home to many readers of this article. I talked to several students about bullying and at some point or another most people have experienced some type of bullying in their lives, or know someone who has.
Many of the students I spoke with were bullied because of their sexual orientation. With last week being Coming Out Week for the LGBTQQIA community, I found this student’s story to be very relevant in also helping spread awareness of National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.
Hopefully after reading this article, students will be more aware of bullying and the fact that it can happen to anyone. Perhaps this can be something that we can bring more awareness throughout campus.
If you are struggling with something of this nature, do not hesitate to stop by the Pride Center in the Santos Manuel Student Union room 112. You may find that others are experiencing the same thing you are, and that you are not alone.
“To all my fellow LGBTQQIA souls out there who have decided to make that leap of faith, and to those who want to–believe me when I say: kindness kills the snake’s venom, and a smile heals the snake’s bite,” said the brave student that shared his story.