How 1 Woman Refused To Be A CyberBully Bystander

Posted on 22 Aug 2011 in Educational Technology, Parents | Comments Off on How 1 Woman Refused To Be A CyberBully Bystander

3 Cheers

Three cheers to professional photographer Jennifer McKendrick who refused to photograph high school students when she saw that they dedicated a Facebook page to cyberbullying. The Huffington Post reported this story last week.

Jennifer McKendrick, from Indiana County, Pa., wrote on her own Facebook page earlier this week that she came across another Facebook page with nasty comments from four high school girls whose names matched her scheduled clients. She emailed the girls and their parents to cancel their senior photo shoots, while including screenshots of their comments to explain why she was calling off the session.

I commend Jennifer for making this stand and hope that other adults and professionals would take the same action.

It takes 3 to Bully

Did you know that every bullying incidents talks at least three people?

  1. The Bully doing the harassing.
  2. The Victim or target of the harassment.
  3. The Bystander or bystanders who observe and have a choice to do nothing or to intervene.

This reminds me of the final episode of the sitcom ‘Seinfeld’ where Jerry and his friends do nothing but laugh as the victim of a robbery is fleeced. Funny episode, and a perfect example of bystanders. Don’t be a bystander. Stand up for justice because the next victim might just be you or someone you love!

What do you think of Jennifer’s actions? Will this hurt her professional career? Was it smart to turn down business in this economy? Comment below.