By Mike Ward
On Oct 28 BCC held a cyberbullying awareness gathering, inviting BCC students of all ages to come enjoy free food and beverages while learning about the dangers of the Internet. Students in the Student Life Center’s Navesink III room as well as the cafeteria heard the stories of bullying and were shown the images of those whose lives it has taken. A slideshow was presented, with the music of Coldplay in the background. As the slideshow was concluded, students passed the microphone around the room and spoke of their stories. The hosts followed with their own tales of being punished for reasons they could not comprehend. "There was one point in her life, where I had to go to the school multiple times to try to correct what was going on. She was bullied daily by this one girl who just wouldn't leave her alone. Finally, I said let's go to your school, and I want you to point this big girl out to me," said Mr. Young, father of BCC’s Diversity Council co-chair Rasheda Young. John Skeltor, former bullying victim turned cutting-edge fashion, worked alongside Young, Brookdale’s Administrator of Student and Judicial Affairs Christopher Jeune, as well as Associate Professor William Heimann in explaining the problems that are faced day to day by students both young and old. “I have been bullied while growing up, and I see it happen every day in the fashion industry.” said Skeltor. “We are absolutely trying to prevent what happened at Rutgers from happening here as well as any other form of bullying, both in person or from the comfort of home.” The gathering started slowly while students wandered in hearing rumors of free food being broadcasted into the cafeteria. Students and workers alike spoke stories of growing up being bullied around and being told that they are not good enough as the hosts listened closely to every word. “I used to be a bully. I used to bully everyone no matter what color or what age. I just did it because i could. I did it because I felt down on myself, and it helped me to sort of hurt them you know?" said Edwin, a member of the audience.