Bullying: Know Your Roles and Set Your Boundaries
October 2, 2017, 8:01 am
Hound Collar Staff
Earlier this quarter, Mrs. Vilma Wolfe, the school counselor for 9th and 10th-grade, gave a presentation to the 9th-graders of Saint Joseph Academy about the boundaries and the different roles in bullying.
The students listened as Mrs. Wolfe talked about the different types of personal boundaries. She asked the students what kinds of boundaries they already knew. Then, she said there are different types of boundaries which include: emotional, cyber, physical, social, and verbal. Mrs. Wolfe said, “When boundaries are crossed, whether unintentionally or intentionally, they have the chance to hurt someone’s feelings.” Educating others about this was an important reason why Mrs. Wolfe decided to present this topic to the freshman class.
Mrs. Wolfe went on to explain how crossing boundaries may connect to bullying behavior. These four roles are the bully, the follower, the victim, and the bystander. The bully and the follower are typically side by side, and the victim is the one who is affected by the bully and by the follower. The bystander has the most crucial role because she said that the bystander has the choice and power to speak up for others.
At the end of the presentation, Mrs. Wolfe led the students in an activity to reflect on who they are as people, what they want to be, and what each could do when they see a bullying situation happening. She closed the presentation by connecting the golden rule to the activity, “When in doubt, do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”