Professor Barbara Russell
January 29, 2012
Bullying in America: We Must Take a Stand
Imagine that you are a thirteen year crying in your bed because you are dreading facing another day at school because you are being bullied. Nowadays, this is more common than ever before. For far too many teens this is a daily reality. According to the ASPCC (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) there are over 160,000 students in America who stay home from school every day because they are fearful of the mental and physical abuse from their classmates (1). The ASPCC defines bullying as a direct attack on a child’s status, sense of belonging and core identity and more times than not leads to low self-esteem (2). 1 out of 4 children are bullied every day (3). Bullying in any shape, form or fashion must be stopped so that our children can have a fighting chance. When children are afraid to do everyday activities that will enrich their lives whether it’s school or extracurricular activities something has to be done. There have been many efforts to help stop bullying. There are several websites to help children and teenagers become more aware of bullying and how to report it if they are being bullied or if someone else is being bullied. Just a few of the websites are http://americanspcc.org/, http://www.stopbullying.gov/, and http://stompoutbullying.com. There also several organizations to help with this epidemic. The National Center for Bullying Prevention and The Trevor Project are just a couple of the organizations that are dedicated to stopping bullying. In the last decade or so, teenagers and children that have been bullied for long periods of time have gone to extremes to retaliate against their offenders. There have been several school shootings, stabbings and suicides in the United States. The most prominent shooting is The Columbine School Shooting. Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and...