What would you do in these situations?
Here in the Wood River Valley, we aren’t immune to discrimination, slander, and sexual assault. However, mustering the courage to intervene – when someone is in physical or mental danger – can cause apprehension. For context, below is a brief overview of a few common situations we see here in the Valley. As an exercise, if you were to put one of the three D’s into action, what would you do?
As a recap, the three D’s are: Direct – directly intervening in a situation; Delegate – diffusing the situation by encouraging someone else to get involved; and lastly, Distract – creating a distraction by drawing attention away from the situation.
Situation 1. It’s an average Wednesday morning and you’re walking down the hallway at school. You see three people gang up an underclassman at his or her locker. How do you help prevent him or her from getting hurt? Do you get directly involved? Do you delegate someone else (a teacher, another student, etc.) to get involved? Or do you distract the group by dropping your books and bringing some attention away from that situation? Let us know.
Situation 2. It’s Friday afternoon and you’re heading home for the day. It’s time to get ready for the night’s football game with your friends. Suddenly, the most popular person in the group directly uninvites one of your friends, explaining that he / she isn’t as close of a friend to that person. How do you handle this situation? Again, do you get directly involved? Do you delegate someone else to chime in? Or do you try and distract from the situation so that your friend can still come?
Situation 3. It’s Saturday night. You walk into a house party, ready to have some fun. However, you notice there’s a guy trying to peer pressure one of your friends to drink. You see that he’s forcing a bottle into her hand and won’t let her set it down. He’s being forceful with his words and making her feel pressured to drink. What do you do? Do you get directly involved? Do you distract? Or do you delegate the uneasiness to someone else?
Let us know your responses to these three situations. We’re interested to hear what courses of action you would take.