December 5, 2012
Students being bullied in schools Bullying is a serious problem in homes, schools and communities. Often dismissed as an adolescent “rite of passage,” research clearly indicates bullying is learned behavior and detrimental to the academic, physical, psychological, and mental development of all involved bullies, targets and the bystanders who witness it. Bullying is not only a problem of youth but programs and increased scrutiny by the media, bullying continues to pervade our culture and our schools. It is a complex social issue requiring determination, leadership and courage to address. Although it is a difficult challenge, it cannot be ignored. A wave of recent bullying incidents with tragic outcomes has shed a renewed light on this issue. The advent of technology allowing for impulsive, anonymous and rapid communication has expanded the opportunities for bullying to a degree that necessitates more innovative and immediate responses than ever before. Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don't always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing. Two of the main reasons people are bullied are because of appearance and social status. Bullies pick on the people they think don't fit in, maybe because of how they look, how they act (for example, kids who are shy and withdrawn), their race or religion, or because the bullies think their target may be better than other students .Some bullies attack their targets physically, which can mean anything from shoving or tripping to punching or hitting, or even sexual assault. Others use psychological control or verbal insults to put themselves in charge. For example, people in popular groups or cliques often bully people they categorize as different by excluding them or gossiping about them psychological bullying. They may also taunt or tease their targets verbal bullying (Mellor). Bullying can have devastating consequences. Victims often suffer from low self-esteem, depression, fear, insomnia and anxiety. Bullying is a pervasive in American schools. Bullying affects attendance, grades, and graduations. Each day an estimated 160,000 students miss school for being bullied, and 10 percent of students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying (Dalton). Most troubling is the rising number of suicides by teens who were bullied according to the center for disease control and prevention, now in 2011 about 4,400 students attend every year (Dalton). In some situations, the emotional abuse is so bad that it causes victims to contemplate suicide. It is crucial to recognize the symptoms of mental bullying, so people can take actions quickly. If people feel that their child may be a victim, they should look for signs such as irritability, crying, hypersensitivity mood swings, and withdrawal (Dalton). Physical bullying includes any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, spitting, etc. Taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying it would also be considered a type of physical bullying. For example, if a student was walking down the street and someone came up to the student and shoved the student to the ground, which would be physical bullying. In elementary and middle schools, 2,819 and 11.0 students have been physical bullied. (Students reporting school bullying and cyber bullying). Physical bullying is a serious problem, affecting not only the bully and the victim, but also the other students who witness the bullying....