Star basketball player and TV personality, Chris Tiu gave a talk on anti-bullying during a symposium held at the Dr. Juanito Bruno Gymnasium, Western Mindanao State University last Friday.
As defined by the American Psychological Association, bullying is a form of aggressive behaviour in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions. The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.
Chris Tiu centered his talk on the psychological effects of bullying and how it poses a threat on the lives of the victims especially among school youth. He cited the recent incident in which Lee Young Gunay, 14, a second year high school student, was found dead in his parents’ home in Batangas. The unfortunate end of Lee was attributed to his depression related to bullying. It was learned later that he was bullied in school by his classmates accusing him of being gay and having body odor. Not only was he bullied in school but Lee’s cousin saw the maligning posts in the victim’s Facebook account.
Tiu also emphasized that cyber-bullying, use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner, holds a much serious threat on the victim and would-be victim. It is for the reason that the reach of the internet is more extensive, readily-accessible, and it involves a wider audience.
The WMSU students were also encouraged by Tiu to be more independent and to be more empowered in every aspects of their life. He related to the crowd on how he put up his own tea café business, Happy Lemon and how it helped him to be more productive as an individual even at his young age.
The event which was sponsored by the National Youth Commission (NYC), in partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board, aims to instill awareness on the students about the negative effects posed by bullying. The symposium was participated in by WMSU students of all levels. Also present during the event was NYC Assistant Secretary Earl P. Saavedra, Commissioner representing Mindanao, OIC WMSU Vice President for Academic Affairs-Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena, WMSU Vice President for Research, Development and Extension-Dr. Roberto B. Torres, Dean of Student Affairs-Prof. Milagros F. Yosores and other WMSU officials. (EKEENA O. LIM, WMSU PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE)