Bullying

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“Bullying-within the school systems”
Bullying continues to be a persistent problem in schools today, but with students, parents, administrators and teachers working together, we can hope to attempt to decrease the situation. Bullying has not only ruined the lives of victims, but the bullies lives themselves as well. Students throughout the world are verbally and physically assaulted by their peers every day. At school, bullies rip their victim's self-esteem to shreds while the bully’s self-esteem is considerably higher. While bullying appears to be impossible to eliminate, progress can be made in the fight against bullies and bullying with the proper training and skills given to all parties involved. This is definitely possible if parents step up and get involved, and also if students are taught how to identify bullying and/or bullies and quite possibly how to aide in stopping the action(s). Teachers also need to be properly trained on how to stand up for and support the victims and yet learn to deal with the bullies. These are all possible solutions that would most definitely aide in bringing the issue of bullying to its knees if not its demise. There are many ways that this ending result may be accomplished. Let’s look back at how it is defined and how it started many years ago. Bullying is defined as- “to treat abusively: to affect by means of force or coercion.” (Merriam-Webster) This is ever so true and present even back in 1963 when bullying became in existence, however, it was not really viewed as a significant problem until approximately the 1970’s. It has evolved into so much more in this time and age. Bullying is viewed by some as a harmless rite of passage, a normal, unavoidable part of growing up. Most all forms of bullying were often dismissed as child's play or simply kids being kids. The saying “if sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was ever true, it sure isn't true today!...
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