Addressing Bullying Takes More Than a Month

Nov. 14, 2012 / By

Every seven minutes an incident of bullying occurs somewhere in the world.

Bullying can cause children to miss school due to fear of being harassed and can even lead to suicides. It can also cause low self-esteem in our youth and is a form of both physical and verbal violence. Even a person’s ability to learn is affected by it.

Although October was anti-bullying month, advocating for the prevention of bullying shouldn’t stop there.

Even as youth in the Long Beach school district held rallies and campaigns to raise awareness and kids are pledging to stop bullying when they see it, it will take more than a month to end bullying. It takes a whole community working together to prevent abuse and bullying and many individuals and community leaders have decided to take a proactive stance against it.

While bullying is a huge problem facing youth in Long Beach, many individuals have taken the matter into their own hands.

Just recently, for example, Council member James Johnson and Vice-Mayor developed a similar policy to protect youths in parks and recreation programs.

Voicewaves has also interviewed a student, a community organizer, and an involved parent about what they have done to prevent bullying.

Marty Sopheap from Jordan High School explains the way he as a youth advocates for anti-bullying campaigns and speaks up for fellow peers.

Community organizer, Chris Covington tells us how he works with schools to handle bullying and educates others on the effects of it.

Lee White, assistant at the Parent Teacher Involvement Center at Cabrillo High School explains what they do to prevent bullying.


Because last month promoted bullying awareness in Long Beach, members of the community, school, and youth have been promoting respect for cultural and individual differences and self-esteem development, and giving students the tools to gain effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

The work against bullying needs to continue on because we as a community are responsible for helping the next generation thrive in a society where people learn to watch what they say and be more aware, considerate, and respectful of other people’s opinions and feelings.




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Angela Or

Angela Or is a 19 year old Cambodian and Thai American in Long Beach. She is a graduate of Lakewood High and a student at Cypress Community College. She comes from a family of nine which includes her parents, her six sisters, and herself. She is interested in advocating for equality and volunteering for charity. Angela is a youth-leader from CCEJ and facilitates the Building Bridges human relation camps. She has also volunteered with the GSA-Network and the Free the Children foundation, buying goats for families in India and helping build a clinic in Kenya with a humanitarian club. At her high school, she was the president of the Human Relation's Club, co-president of the Film Club, and a member of the Best Buddies' Club, devoting her lunches to spend time with youth with disabilities. Her goals include graduating college with a Bachelor's Degree or higher and having a career as an ultrasound technician. Angela aspires to make the world a better place through being an activist and using digital media to express the voices in our community.