ARHS students sharing the ‘Viking Vibe’

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Students at Amherst Regional High School are sharing the “Viking Vibe” with the rest of the greater Amherst community. 

Over the past several years several things have happened in the world of teaching English:  (1) students want their writing to matter and (2) students think no one wants to hear what they have to say. 

This project is going to provide an opportunity for students to write about what is important in their lives, current events, opinions and events. 

 

Bullying has no benefits...for anyone

By Madeline MacCormick

 

The topic I am going to speak about today is one that has been in the forefront of the news more and more, particularly in the last year. That topic is bullying.

A bully is a quarrelsome and overbearing individual, who will habitually badger and intimidate those they consider “inferior” or “weak.”

Bullying is found almost everywhere, a fact of which, I am appalled to state. Schools, homes, public places, the internet. All of these places, and more, are areas of which bullying is not a stranger.

Social media, such as Facebook and twitter, are plagued with them. Acts of bullying are thoughtless, careless, and unnecessary. And whether the bully knows it or not, the damage inflicted by their actions can be detrimental to a person’s future wellbeing.  

Bullying is most commonly performed through verbal abuse. That rumour you spread about the shy girl in class? That’s bullying. Those times you made fun of that guy for his orientation? That’s bullying.

That old schoolyard saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me,” that is one of the biggest misconceptions out there. The names, the comments, the jeering, the laughter, it hurts more than the bully understands.

Bullying on the Internet has become a regular occurrence these days. There is absolutely no reason to leave those hateful comments on videos, websites and pictures. There is absolutely no reason to comment anything demining, racial or hateful towards a person or group of people. Harassment over the Internet always finds a way to ruin the fun in games, social media and other websites.

Those who just want to watch a video of a cat doing something ridiculous, those who just want to play their game, those who just want to go on and have fun, are always brought down in some way by the derogatory comments and actions of the bully.

Seventy-seven per cent of students have been bullied during their time in school in some way. Seventy-seven per cent. That is more than three quarters of the student population. Of this seventy-seven per cent, fourteen per cent of students can’t handle the abuse very well.

Bullies will never know the true harm they have inflicted, until it’s too late. The emotional distress that some people have to bear as a result of bullying is absolutely appalling.       

Picture this: You walk into a classroom. You’re standing at the door. The whole class turns around, and begins to smile. The smiles plastered on the faces of your peers are not of a welcoming intent; and you know it. A red hue casts itself upon your face. The fingers begin to point. Snickers can be heard. Your confidence slowly diminishes as comment after hateful comment hits you like a ton of bricks. Your hair, clothing, beliefs, morals, all of which you had no problem with before, are being picked apart. Your stature, your size, your grades, torn apart all the same. Your insecurities increase as the crowd fabricates flaws about you, and little by little, you believe everything they are saying.

That is the effect a bully can have on an individual. Whether the bullies are in a group or by themselves, the outcomes are all the same.

There are literally no benefits of bullying. None. And the sooner people see that, the closer we will get to extinguishing this problem, and having more people live their lives happily, and with confidence. 

 

Why “Happy Easter?”

By Renee Cole

 

Over the past weekend I have had time to reflect on Easter and what it means.  Everyone knows the common courtesy of this time of year, right? You see someone and tell them, “Happy Easter.” Well just in case you think it’s some insignificant, throw away greeting; let me share what I mean when I say it:

“Happy” doesn’t even begin to describe what I feel when I think of Easter because to me, it is not just some “ho-hum, run-of-the-mill, sun comes up and sun goes down kind of day…” This is not some kind of day that is dedicated to chocolate eggs or the bunnies that lay them.

So sure, bring out your whites, brights and sundresses if you want, but just know that is not what Easter is truly about.

This is the day that love was poured out for every soul and the ultimate price was paid. It is the day that salvation became freely ours and forgiveness our own, not based on our merits, but Jesus’ obedience alone. He took the crown of thorns and blood dripped down His face. He took away all that we deserved; I guess that’s why you call it grace.

So forgive me for being joyful when the earth trembled three days later. That first Easter changed everything because it’s the only day in history that made any other day worth living.

On Easter, the stone was rolled away! Jesus overcame and was resurrected, meaning that we too are resurrected and are no longer a slave to our sin. Joy has come! Hope has returned!

This is what I mean every time that I say “Happy Easter!”

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: Amherst

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