Editorial 22

Editorial 22

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Sometimes in the media’s quest to report the news, it ends up opening wounds in the community that people don’t want to talk about.
But bullying is a blight on society that has to be discussed regardless of race or creed. If we don’t talk about it, we are doing ourselves and our children more harm than good.
The Chronicle discovered this after publishing a story about a young man’s accusations against some members of the Sikh community, none of whom were identified. A week later a concerned mother raised similar concerns about bullying in the community and how it affected her sons.
The police know it’s going on, but are not saying much about it. The high school acknowledges there has been problems and is trying to deal with it. Even the Sikh elders know it’s an issue.
As parents, school officials and police officers, we have to acknowledge that bullying occurs in our backyard and not be afraid to talk about the nationalities involved.
Bullying is not limited to any one group in society. It happens in all sectors. But because different races are involved, does that mean we clam up and hope it goes away?
The young man who made the accusations had legitimate concerns about his safety and that of his family. So did the mother of two in the November 7 article.
But people must realize that the questionable actions of a small group of Caucasian and non-Caucasian young men are not representative of their nationalities.
Our respected and hard-working Indo-Canadian neighbours contribute a great deal to our local economy and should not suffer blanket discrimination as a result of alleged acts.
The news media cannot ignore the cries of victims who have been bullied, either by Caucasians or non-Caucasians. It should report these stories in hopes something is done to prevent more pain and suffering in the community.
It is our hope that whatever conflict may exist in Oliver does not continue to divide us. If anything, the October 31 article suggests that more needs to be done to teach young people respect, tolerance . . . and the value of diversity.
Bullying is still far too prevalent in our schools and communities spilling its cruel contents on everyone.
The key is to break down the barrier that stands in the way of accepting diversity.
We praise the unnamed young man who had the courage to step forward and shake hands with the individual he had a conflict with. This was a huge step that we hope other young people find the courage to do as well.

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