Several years ago, Brendesha Tynes was taken aback when she received an e-mail from one of her former students.I'm not saying the former student shouldn't be punished, but I'm not sure that "bullying" is how we should label this behavior. To be honest, this action doesn't even meet most definitions of bullying that I've seen presented.
The note directed her to a Facebook event for an all-night bar crawl – an event with which Tynes, an assistant professor at the time, had nothing to do. But it featured an offensive image and listed Tynes as the host; another former student had set it up.
As an educator and researcher, Tynes had spent years looking into cyberbullying. Now, she was a victim.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Is This Bullying, Or Just Wildly Inappropriate Behavior?
I don't think we should label as "bullying" any behavior we don't like. Is this necessarily bullying, or something else entirely?