Thursday, December 6, 2012
Weekend of activities
The temperatures tell me differently, but I’m officially in the Christmas spirit.
The holiday cheer comes courtesy of the activities last weekend around Marshall County, from a downtown parade to a renowned choir’s performance.
Close to Nowhere
Check engine light
• Last Wednesday, a really cold day, my check engine light started blinking on the way to work and my car was running funny.
Naturally, I panicked, immediately going for the gloom and doom scenario -- new engine, new car, lots of money to be spent -- and right at Christmas.
First Thanksgiving without Mother was hard
The holiday season is upon us again. My, how time flies.
I am thankful for Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday, much more relaxed than Christmas. The leaves are beautiful. It always occurs on a Thursday, so the four-day respite is predictable and easy. There is always family, great food and football.
Letter to The Editor
Stop the bullying
Stop bullying — stand up, speak out!
When I hear the word bully, I think about the big girl in school who called me names and teased me for being born light-skinned and skinny. I also think about a person who criticized and demeaned me on one of my various jobs.
What do you think about when you hear the word “bully?” We often think that only children are bullied, but that is not true. Adults are bullied every day.
Sometimes it’s our bosses, sometimes it’s other employees, and sometimes it’s our relatives and friends. Many adults are threatened, tormented, harassed, teased, and physically attacked by fellow employees, nasty neighbors, mean friends, and even their spouses and parents.
Bullied adults who frequently feel threatened, harassed, or tormented often suffer emotionally. According to a leading, practicing psychologist in Buzzards Bay, Mass., Katherine Krett, PhD., “Adult bullies tend to be opinionated, judgmental, and coercive. If a person repeatedly makes you feel intimidated or humiliated, you are probably dealing with a bully.”
My mother taught me to never retaliate, just ignore the person, and he/she will eventually stop. I’m discovering more evil, violent, nasty, hateful bullying today. You can no longer just ignore the problem, and it will go away. If bullying isn’t addressed, you can suffer from depression, sleep disturbance, loss of self-confidence or self-esteem, and/or anxiety.
If adults can suffer emotionally, just imagine how our children, especially preschool children, must feel when bullied. Teachers and parents work very hard to help preschoolers and other children to build self-esteem, but a bully can come along and destroy all of their hard work.
Schools are in the best position to decide how to prevent and respond to bullying. Teachers should be alert and notice the problem and quickly get a handle on it. My 8-year-old granddaughter told me that they have a “Bully Box” at her school. Children are asked to report bullies by writing their names and placing them anonymously in the “Bully Box.”
All schools should have some method for students to anonymously report bullies without being fearful of retaliation.
The bottom line is we must stop the bullying. People, young or small, should not be victimized by others just to get a laugh or a position of power. We must work together to stop bullying in our schools and homes.
Fergenia H. Hood
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