Tag Archives: Bullying

The Smackdown of Smack High and Snapchat

By Devin Dumont, ’16

Smack High is an app geared toward high school students that allows users to anonymously post messages. The posts quickly turned into cyberbullying, though.

Posts on Smack High by anonymous students quickly turned into cyberbullying.

In October, Edward Little High School forced students to remove the applications Snapchat and Smack High from their iPads. The consequence of not deleting these apps would be that they would restrict every app on your iPad, which means the iPad would be useless. You would be unable to do any work and unable to turn in work that’s already finished.

Snapchat is an app where people can take a picture, write a small caption with it and send it to anyone they wish who also has Snapchat. The photos then essentially self-destruct after a few seconds. Smack High is a Website, app, and Twitter account. On Twitter, users can submit anything that they want that’s either bashing another student or teacher, or submit something that’s bashing another school. This has to go through the person who’s running the Twitter account, on the app however, as long as a user has an account, they can post anonymously without anyone determining if it is appropriate.

“I Hated Myself as Much as They All Hated Me”: How Bullying Tore Apart the Life of One EL Student

By Ashley Bowden, ‘14, and Rahma Ali, ‘15

This post, and the following response, sparked a string of online bullying directed at Rousseau. It was the latest attack in what has become a years long battle with bullying.

This post, and the following response, sparked a string of online bullying directed at Rousseau. It was the latest attack in what has become a years-long battle with bullying.

During her freshman year, Edward Little High School senior Tori Rousseau said she overheard a boy threatening to push a blind student down the stairs, saying, “She won’t even see it coming.” Rousseau told the boy “to grow up and act his age,” she said.

She didn’t realize, in that moment, that her attempt to stop the harassment would affect the rest of her high school years and that trying to help someone else would end up coming back to harm her in the end. “The bullies would tease these students, so I said something, but it backfired on me and I became their next victim,” she said.

Young adults are always encouraged to stand up and speak out against bullying. They are expected not be bystanders, but to be the solution. Contrary to most adults’ beliefs, it’s not taking action that scares teens, it’s the fear of becoming the next target.

Bullying: A Serious Issue That Needs to End

By Ashley Bowden ‘14

    Bullying is a recurring issue that just won’t seem to go away. Do people not understand how even one simple insult can affect someone? That what you see as “joking around” can do real damage? Bullying has worsened over the years, thanks to new technology and social media. Now, once someone is caught in the middle of something, they often feel stuck and hounded by their bullies day and night, thanks to the internet.

    Bullying is when someone forces, threatens, abuses, intimidates, or aggressively dominates another person. The definition sounds all fancy and makes it sound like it’s just a worst-case scenario. However, calling someone a name, making a joke, a dirty look, no matter how simple or meaningless it seems, is still considered bullying.

    Bullying changes over the years. It’s starts with just some basic teasing on the playground at recess and soon develops to the occasional shove or physical altercation, and as students keep getting older both the physical and emotional abuse often become stronger and more frequent. When students hit the right age that their parents allow them access to social media and online access, it gets easier for the bully to hide behind the anonymity of the internet and easier for the bullied to remember every detail and remind themselves of it.