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In the movie, Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story, a young grade nine boy, Jonathan, is a victim of a severe bullying attack

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Civics Movie ? Tagged The Jonathan Wamback Story Journal Response Various challenges and obstacles exist for young teens in today?s high schools. Bullying and gang membership are amongst the elements that must be seriously explored and addressed in the school setting, as they impact what occurs on and off school property. In the movie, ?Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story,? a young grade nine boy, Jonathan, is a victim of a severe bullying attack by the Skulls gang, headed by the leader Kyle Simpson. This incident demonstrates the impact of all members including the by-standers, victims, and instigators. The concept and issues that arise because of bullying need to be taken seriously and acted upon. In the movie, the Skulls gang, who are in front of the park washroom, accuse Jonathan of writing racist remarks on previously written graffiti. Courtney, a friend from school, lured Jonathan into coming to the park, thinking that they will resolve the problem they were facing previously. Although grounded, he took the risk and decided to leave his house and meet up with Courtney, where she was. To his surprise, the gang, who accused him of vandalizing their graffiti marks, met him. All the gang boys, confronted him, stating Jonathan was a racist and they demanded he apologize for these actions, threatening him with verbal and physical harm. ...read more.


Fearing the danger that he was imposing on these children, Jonathan?s mom went up to Kyle and told him to stop. Ignoring her, he continued his actions and even threw a cherry bomb at her. Immediately Jonathan?s mom went to Kyle?s mom to discuss this matter, however she denied these concerns and continued with her work. She took no action. When the gang members came to her house, they met in the basement where they took drugs, and played loud rap gangster music. She communicated to Kyle through an intercom, not through a physical one on one relationship. Thus, it did not come as a surprise that her son had done something as horrific as physically harming Jonathan, however she was in extreme denial and did not re-act to any of the warnings that she received. This demonstrates the need for awareness about bullying, as everyone involved, whether a bystander, victim, or bully, need to understand the consequences. Municipal governments need to set aside funding and establish programs that target bullying at the elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and work places. These programs should be delivered through convenient means like in-school workshops or online. Plus, the filming and screening of movies such as this are a critical element in visually demonstrating the impact and severity of the issue. The message is powerful and can thus reach a greater audience, as this is a global issue that needs to be addressed immediately. ...read more.


Also, when the Skulls gang was running towards Jonathan, who was being targeted, he was later ?tagged,? beaten physically. At first it seemed like Jonathan had lost the battle against the gang, however, later returning to a somewhat ?normal? life, as a high school teen, being victorious and showing all others that he will not be a victim, sending a message that he can do anything as long as he is determined. The titled signifies a battle between the bully and victim, and ultimately in each situation, someone will win, and thus be tagged. Teen issues vary from region to region, however bullying and gang membership continue to be controversial issues that challenge our views and how we approach these problems. Jonathan, in ?Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story,? demonstrates the struggles that a victim may face, and how determination, effort and perseverance can impact the bully, the families, and the victim in different ways. His inspirational story, sends a powerful message to all, whether young or old, about the severity of both verbal and physical commentary and actions. It suggests that your negative actions can and may affect not only you, but also other people around you or the situation. Thus, think before you speak, act or join any groups because you are the one who is in charge of your individual life today. Isra Hussein 11/07/11 ...read more.

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