Bullying is a serious problem that has plagued schools, playgrounds and the world in general as far back as anyone can remember. While many people think that celebrities are immune to this, the truth of the matter is that they can be victims as well. There are many celebrities that were bullied before their rise to fame, as well as bullying that has occurred even after their celebrity status was achieved.
While you may recognize him as Batman or one of the many other roles this actor has played, his childhood wasn’t as easy. It turns out that he spent years being beat up by several boys. He was punched and kicked during this time.
Even though this is not a story of physical bullying, Justin Timberlake suffered through emotional and verbal abuse because he was different from everyone else in his Tennessee school as a child. While everyone else was into sports, he was made fun of for his love of music and drama. The thing to keep in mind with this is that if he had given up on his love of these arts, then he would not be one of the highest paid celebrities in the world.
In her book Miles to Go she talks about getting bullied by girls who shoved her into a bathroom stall and locked her in there. This was a scary experience for her, but it has not been the only way she has been bullied throughout her life as she is a controversial artist and there are many people who have an issue with this.
In 2014, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker sponsored legislation, IR 1198-2014 to create a bullying awareness website, http://www.SuffolkStopBullying.org. The website provides valuable information including anti-bullying resources for students, teachers and parents to prevent bullying in schools. “I’d like to thank Suffolk County County Executive Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County Information Technology Department, Health Department, Police Department and Youth Bureau for their commitment in addressing bullying. We all must find our voice and speak up against bullying!”
– Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Many young people can be unkind to each other during adolescence as they refine social skills and grow into adults. While these interactions can be unpleasant, there is a clear line between normal conflict and bullying.
DEFINITION OF BULLYING
Incidents of bullying must include all three of these characteristics:
- Intentional Aggression: The aggressive behavior is a deliberate attempt to hurt or control another person or persons by targeting them.
- Imbalance of Power: The aggressor targets someone who has (or perceives the target to have) less power than they do and uses it to achieve their goal of hurting or controlling that person. Imbalance of power can include differences in such things as: physical strength or body types, access to embarrassing information, popularity, and social status related to wealth and/or talents. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: (or has the potential to be repeated) over time for the sole purpose of harming or controlling the targeted person or persons.