Bullying in College
Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It's about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.
ASK Academy is widely known as an organization that helps teens stay safe and productive, however, we also work with young adults in schools and businesses. The same principles apply whether child or adult. Here’s the story of one of our mentors and a bullying situation addressed at a University:
“Today, a parent called to inquire on how the student could withdraw from the university.
I provided the instructions and as I was doing so, asked what the reasons were for withdrawing. The parent said that it was because the student had been bullied all freshman year long by school peers. According to the parent, the peers had been pressuring the student into doing certain things and threatening if the student didn’t participate. The parent started crying while sharing, because is aware that bullying victims do take their lives when bullying becomes unbearable.
The parent said that the student hadn’t mentioned anything to anybody due to fear. It all came out one day when the parent saw that the student was really sad, the parent asked the student what was wrong and the student broke down in tears sharing the horrendous experience with bullying.
I asked the parent if the student had spoken to anybody on campus or if student had reached out to any of the available resources; student had not because was too scared. I told the parent that the University offers many resources to deal with such matters and that student could have talked to any of them regarding the student’s safety.
The parent said that they had schedule an appointment for the student to see a psychiatrist and will look into other universities close to home. Parent stated that they will reconsider sending the student back to University but is leaning more towards withdrawing.
I provided the parent with the contact number for all University resources .”
By Tonalnan Yaotl