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In The Age Of Hate, Being Nice Matters In Temecula

To prevent schoolchildren from picking on their peers now and into adulthood -- whether it be bullying face-to-face or online -- the Temecula Valley Unified School District will hold its third annual “Because Nice Matters” week.

Look at the comments section of most online news outlets and – no surprise – there’s a barrage of hate.

Seems bullying is not something only kids do.

To prevent schoolchildren from picking on their peers now and into adulthood -- whether it be bullying face-to-face or online -- the Temecula Valley Unified School District will hold its third annual “Because Nice Matters” week. 

The event begins Sept. 23. Various activities are planned at TVUSD campuses throughout the week designed to get kids thinking about why people bully and the consequences of hateful behavior.

What are your thoughts? Do you think online bullying is making us a society of hate?

Kelsi September 22, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Why is this only for a WEEK? This should be a constant thing, not just some little holiday week. Don't suddenly enforce stopping bullying for five days, stop it everyday..
Brenda September 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Kelsi you are right. Schools STILL do not do anything about it. That is why the kids are scared to say anything when they do get bullied. They get it worse!! Its actually positive attention from other kids when the bully'ers get taken into the office and everyone says "hey why you get taken in"? It makes them even more popular when they say "oh I was going to beat some b****up and she went and squeeling, chicken chit". So these kids being bullied wont say anything, no one will be their witness because of the same fears :/ So it never stops.
Jade Thorpe September 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM
It's not just kids. I and several of my coworkers get bullied at work constantly. We've managed to create a hateful, fearful society, and that's incredibly hard to change. I'm amazed at how rude, disrespectful, and just plain mean the majority of people I've met here are. I'm now finding it very hard to be pleasant to people because of all the negativity thrown in my direction on a daily basis. Kids learn from their parents. If the parents are bullies, so are the kids. Yes, I think the schools need to take a harder stance on bullying. I went to Santana, I graduated the year before Andy Williams snapped. He didn't have to, but no one gives a damn about anyone anymore. Find me a person in a position to make a difference who actually follows through. I've never seen it.
jillmann September 23, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I know there is no malice in my heart. I live kindly and it shows. I model myself after mother Teresa- I aim high. I'm not there but I consciously live and think kindly. Its as easy as being hateful. And it doesn't take a huge amount of words and explanation. Just do it. Children will see and learn.
Brenda September 23, 2013 at 03:06 PM
If everyone only knew it was that easy Jillmann. It is easier and takes alot less effort to be nice to everyone then to pick some out of the crowds either at school, work, play. The worse people who get ridiculously mean? DRUNKS!! Most any woman who has been abused can tell you that.

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