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Journal Writing Project: Bullying


By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying is everywhere we look whether or not we like to admit it or look the other way.

I recently read a story about a young girl, Rebecca, who was taunted and bullied by two other girls until she committed suicide. Rebecca was only 12 years old when she took her own life. The two girls who pushed Rebecca to her breaking point are both being charged with felonies and will serve some time in juvenile prison. Both will not be allowed back into any public schools.

Bullying has always been an issue through the generations, but with the more recent technology it has become easier. Cyber bullying which is bullying over the internet, phone, or other electronic technology has become more popular and seen very often. It is so convenient for kids to go onto Facebook or other social media sites and write rude remarks about other kids. They think it’s funny, they think its okay to make people feel so terrible that they will not even want to live anymore. Cyber bullying is the most popular type of bullying that there is today because kids don’t have to have a face to face confrontation, they can just hide behind their phones and computers.

One in five teenagers say that they have been bullied. Research also shows that school administrators can play a powerful role in bullying prevention. Psychologists say that bullying is caused by a lack of empathy for others. Teachers and parents that teach children empathy towards others reduces the chances of bullying and other kinds of violence. There is always bullying in schools, some of which is so bad that it can makes kids resent their school or not want to go anymore.

Bullying is everywhere whether it is face to face or on the internet. Bullying isn’t “cool” or “impressive”, so if you witness bullying please try to stop it. Parents also need to encourage kids to speak to them if they or someone else is being bullied.

Kaysie Kerns is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

Journal Writing Project: Going for the gold

By Emily Brumm

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

This year marks the 22nd winter Olympics, which take place every four years. There are 98 different events and 15 different winter sport disciplines. This year it is being held in Sochi, Russia. This is the first Olympics to be held in Russia since ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Extra curricular activities

By Anna Christoph

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Extra curricular activities are exceptionally supported and appreciated in our small community. Anything from volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, band, choir, etc. are what bring our communities together. Even the most competitive teams rema ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The lone star state

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

When a teenager goes on a class trip, they have a brand new experience. One entirely different than one they would enjoy with family or friends. At Lanesboro High School there are two anticipated class trips; the classic Washington D.C. trip for the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Fall memories

By Abigail Hanson

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

As a high school junior, I spent a great deal of time thinking about college and the future. I knew college was expensive and wanted to get ahead of the game. I enrolled in an “Online in the High School” college level Introduction to Sociology co ..... 
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Journal writing project: 2013: A year to remember

By Lydia Geving

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

As we are now settling into 2014 let’s take a glimpse back at some events that occurred in 2013. To start off the year, on January 4, 2013, President Barack Obama was officially declared by Congress, the winner of the 2012 election. Janurary 6 ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The New Year

By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

It’s hard for me to believe that another year has come and gone and it is almost 2014. I can’t help but wonder where the year went. As I recall the year, I looked back at the three top news stories. I found The Jodi Arias Trail, Obamacare, and T ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: No time like show time

By Emily Brumm

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

There are many advantages of attending a small school. In large schools students usually are forced to pick one group or activity to focus on. Small schools give students, like me, a chance to be involved in a wide range of extracurricular activitie ..... 
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Journal writing project: Shimmering lights

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Hundreds of green, red, and white streams of light twinkle off in separate directions, fresh pine aroma surrounds the room, the exploding taste of peppermint lines the inside of your mouth, Michael Bublé whispers “Deck the Halls” in the backgro ..... 
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