The dangers of bullying on society

New writer Sheena Thapermall talks about the dangers of bullying on society

So I found this on my Facebook timeline today, and was completely disgusted and saddened by what I saw.
I’m not sure where this is, I’m about 80% sure it’s Mauritius, but definitely a Creole speaking country. Being able to understand this video makes it even harder to stomach. From what I can make out, the bullies are saying “guette moi dans mo figure!” (look at me in the face!) and “kozer!” (Speak!) and then hitting her when she looks away tearfully.
What was even more alarming to me, was seeing that this video was date-marked 2015. Bullying is still a very pertinent and problematic societal issue in our world today. Whether it is relevant to you and is happening in proximity to your life, or you see a video like this and see it happening on the other side of the world. Something needs to be done about it.

No matter what the actions of an individual, no one deserves to be subjected to this type of torture. The notion that this kind of behavior can be successfully executed within a classroom environment, where children are considered to be safe is worrying to say the least. More needs to be done to ensure this doesn’t happen now.

What I can make out to be 4 perpetrators, one person behind the camera and several onlookers, all against one defenseless girl isn’t a fair fight. For all we know, this could be a daily struggle for this girl. She is representative of one of the young minds of the future. She could be capable of great success in the future. But in a learning environment, where she should be being nurtured and laying the foundations for adulthood, she knows only fear. She will never flourish.

I encourage you all to share this video and raise awareness for the fact that this kind of behavior is still allowed to happen without consequence. You never know, in sharing this video, someone may recognize the school uniform, the country this took place in, or even one of the faces of the girls in this video. With that knowledge we can maybe stop this poor girl from getting hurt again. I will personally be asking all my Mauritian friends and family if they recognize this uniform, as I’m becoming increasingly certain as I write this post that this is a Mauritian school.
So yeah guys, rant over for now, but I’m sure you can all agree with me that this isn’t right, by any extent of the word.

So please share and spread awareness!

Published by Dannii Cohen

Dannii Cohen is an author, producer and radio-host with a diploma in psychology. She is a former columnist for Life Hack, The Feminine Collective, The Gay UK and many other magazines.

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