How Different Types of Bystanders are Alike

By: Lexie Corcoran

With socrative seminars, all students are given texts to read and take notes on. Later, students are asked to freely talk and discuss about their opinions and thoughts on the topic. This discussion is intended to give the other participating students a new perspective.

In class we started a socrative seminar in which we discussed multiple texts and videos about the bystander affect. We discussed a  What Would You Do video, and an interesting memior about the holocaust by  Ellie Wiesel called “Night.”  During the discussion Alexis talked about  how people during the time of the holocaust were seeing this and weren’t doing anything about it. (being a bystander)

This made me think of how something so huge like the holocaust could relate to the bystanders in bullying or seeing someone sick in the street. Think about it, thousands of people either saw or knew about what the nazis were doing and didn’t do anything about it.

This is where we get into something called the bystander effect. Since there were so many people who witnessed this huge event (holocaust) people thought that someone else would take action. This is the same in a bystander in a bullying incident. Multiple people witness it and don’t do anything because they think someone else in the crowd will step in.