“Sticks and stones are hard on bones, aimed with angry art; words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart."(P. McGinley) This saying has been around for generations. Bullying in and out of schools has gotten out of control. Every time we turn on our television we see something about a student that has committed suicide because of bullying. U.S. schools have policies that supposed to control the bullying and keep down violence. But is the really what this policy is for? The policy in which I speak of is the Zero Tolerance Policy. Schools shouldn’t enforce the zero tolerance policy towards bullying. The zero tolerance policy keeps students from protecting their selves which results in the acts of suicide attempts, school shootings, and anxiety disorders. First, bullying happens because the problems go unnoticed and unreported: “Although not encouraged, bullying continues to be a problem for many children because it is widely tolerated” (Barone). Zero tolerance imposes automatic punishment for infractions of a stated rule, with the intention of eliminating undesirable conduct. If a child is bullied and tries to protect oneself with fighting, the end result is getting suspended. Because of the fear of not being able to protect themselves students begin to take harm on their self by committing suicide. One incident of school bullying and resulted in suicide is Phoebe Prince. She moved from Ireland to South Hadley, Massachusetts where there she attended High School and was picked on by six teenage girls. She was found hung in her room from her ceiling fan. (KENNEDY). The zero tolerance policy was enforced during this time. But, the rule didn’t keep Phoebe alive. The real known fact is the school officials were aware of the abuse that was happening right under their nose. In yet did anything about it until it was too late. This case is still being processed. New students are the main targets towards bulling. Simply...
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