Nicole Clark ’13
Have you ever dropped a glass? Ever watched it shatter to a thousand pieces and felt your ears ring from the sound of the impact?
Ever try to put it back together? It doesn’t work very well, does it? Pieces get lost or ground to dust. Even after you carefully put it all back together, you can still see the cracks and the holes. They’ll always be there.
You can see the cracks in people too. Sometimes, they’re tricky to spot, just little fault lines hiding under the surface, but they are still there.
How does this happen to people, you might ask? Obviously, most are too large to actually get dropped and too hardy to shatter from the impact. The thing is, people can break other people. Their words can shatter someone who is supposed to be whole, can tear them apart.
We all know that this happens. We can all tell when someone’s hurting, and we generally turn our backs.
Why would we ignore another human being who is in pain? Why would we ignore everything we’ve been taught. . . Maybe that’s the problem.
I know I’ve been asking plenty of questions, but let me ask just a few more: Where are our role models? We see those few rare people on the news who have placed others before themselves and done something astonishing, but they’re all so far away. In our community, in our school, it seems as though even the people who are supposed to be role models prefer to go with the flow and not put the effort towards actually addressing the problems they see.
Not only does this seeming apathy keep hurting people from stepping up, but when they choose to go against the flow, their great risk is sometimes met by complexities and bureaucratic nonsense, or -even worse- by being outright ignored. In a school that has prided itself on it’s anti-bullying efforts, I can’t be the only one who senses the bitter irony.
From where I stand, the solution to all of this seems pretty simple. The leaders in our school and community need to step it up, to not only find a way to respond effectively to complaints of bullying and harassment, but also be willing to interfere when they see it. Other people –students especially- need to step it up too. Not only do we have to hold our role models accountable for what they’re doing, but we also must be willing to follow their example.
Maybe, with a little bit of effort from everyone, people won’t have to feel like glass anymore.