Bullying and Murillo C.

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Bullying affects all ages, races, and genders. The students that are affected may not tell anyone that they are being bullied. This can happen for many reasons, but one may be that they are scared if they tell the bullying will get worse. Bullying is more prevalent at the elementary school level and is usually just words, but words can be as sharp as weapons. Words are common with girls and physical bullying is more common with boys. There are some cases where bullying can affect a student for the rest of their lives. There have been studies that show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk for serious problems (Murillo C., 2008). These problems include low self esteem, stress, depression or anxiety and even in the worst cases, suicide. Sloane Molloy, a guidance counselor at Glynn Middle School, states “It can escalate to violence when left unchecked” (Murillo C., 2008). Besides the students the school is also affected by bullying. Many schools are fighting back against bullying. There is an incident in Callifornia where a 15 yr old male student was allegedly shot by a 14 year old male student. This 14 year old was one of many that were bullying the 15 yr old student. The reason for the bullying was because of the 15 year olds sexual orientation and gender expression (Murillo, C. 2008). School administrators are taking stronger disciplinary action against bullies. By doing this they hope that it will prevent major problems that bullying can create. Any incident of bullying that is reported is now investigated by interviewing students, parents and teachers. Bullying in school does not stop at the bus stop. A California school is now equipping their school buses with cameras, this way any bullying that is reported can be viewed on tape. Since some students are scared to tell and be considered a snitch, one school has created a confidential way for a student to report bullying. The student can log on to a computer and report the...
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