Her eyes pleaded for acceptance. Her body language yearned for someone to pay attention to her. Watching her eat her lunch, head bowed, trying to fade into the crowd, I knew I should go sit by her. My friends continued to banter back and forth about the cute, new student in Social Studies, taking bets on who would get the first date with him. As I listened, I laughed and carried on with them, but my mind was with her. She needed a friend and I knew I should be the one.
My inaction is something that I regret to this day. I knew I should have sat with her at lunch, but what would my friends think? Since I was 14, I let my friends influence my actions and I didn't do what I knew was right.
This unit is titled, "The Bystander Effect." I want you to take some time to think about what the Bystander Effect might mean and how it might apply in your day-to-day life. Think outside the box. Like me, I was a bystander who was affected by others around me who I thought were more important at the time.
So, what's it to you? Tell me.