More often than not, many people will witness others being bullied and not do or say something about it. Maybe they do want to go against the the standards and get victimized themselves, maybe they are friends of the person doing the bullying, or maybe they feel helpless, not knowing what to do. Whatever the reason, those who witness something wrong taking place and not doing anything about it, are no different from the bullies themselves. We live in an age where people will do whatever it takes to part of the in crowd and not associate themselves with people that are viewed as outsiders. From my own experience, when I attended Middle School (and it still prevails to this day by the way), everyone wanted to conform to the norms at the time and fit in with the "cool kids". They often did that at the expense of others. While deep down, they may disagree with the general idea, they will participate in the bullying to maintain their image or just stand-by and watch. You don't have to be a stand-by. You can come out and try to make a difference. Here's an example: in the movie Cyber-Bullying starring Emily Osment, at the end of the film, kids started standing up to the bully, letting her know it was wrong to bully others and even gave her a taste of her own medicine. This of course occurred after they had initially served as by-standers, watching everything unfold and not doing anything about it. I urge everyone not to the assume the "stand-by" role. Jump in and help out. Stand up for what you believe in and not fold into peer-pressure. It only takes one to make a difference.
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