Bullying in Schools

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The Nature of Bullying

may people feel that some of the major issues that plague our schools are drug/alcohol use or violence, yet no one recognizes the significance of school bullying. For the victims of bullying, they go to school everyday facing harassment, taunting, and humiliation, and psychological intimidation. For all potential educators, it is very important to realize that bullying is a problem, so that they can prepare fore the future. Since my experience at elementary school, I have realized how prevalent bullying is on a daily basis. In addition to reading various sources, I decided to ask some of my students about the bullying they experience or witness in their own school environment.

Bullying is most common in middle school, with 6th graders on the receiving end the most and 8th graders handing out the most bullying. In 6th-10th grade in private and public schools, it was found that 13-23% of boys and 4-11% of girls experience some sort of bullying. Nearly one in six children in that age range fall victim to bullying each year. 60% children witness some form of bullying on a daily basis. In schools, bullying most likely takes place on the playground, followed by the classroom, then the hallways. For the students at Warren High School, a lot of the bullying occurs out of school. If it occurs in school, most students said bullying occurs in the hallways or at lunch. l though anyone can be a bully, there are many common characteristics found in most bullies. Most bullies are male, popular, and often athletes. They have excellent social skills, with the ability to attract many followers, and easily manipulate others. Bullies are psychologically strong and very popular among their peers. This peer status is important in terms of boosting their well-being. It's disturbing to think that bullies are feeling really good about themselves. Bullying behavior is self-reinforcing: When kids find that putting others down earns them approval from their...
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