The Truth About Bullying

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There was this boy who was an honor roll student that went to school everyday in fear that he would be harassed, hit, and embarrassed. He had been bullied for at least two years with no school official doing anything about it. He finally made up his mind that he was fed up with the harassment and he decided he was going to retaliate against those who victimized him. He was so angry that he brought a gun to school. He ended up killing one teacher and two of his classmates who had been harassing him for so long. He was sentenced to life in prison. Really, was he the only one to blame for this incident or should the courts have prosecuted the bullies that pushed him that far? It has been proven that bullying is responsible for several school shootings, serious mental health problems for the victim, fear for certain types of students, and has caused drop out rates to skyrocket.

Over the past decade there have been several school shooting due to bullying. These children that bring guns and other weapons to school are so fed up with being harassed on a daily basis that they feel this is the only way for the harasser to be punished. A good example of this rage is the Columbine shootings. Dylan Kelbold and Eric Harris killed twelve students, one teacher, and then themselves. The parents of these two teens said that this act of violence was due to bullying (Greenya 103). This shooting was an eye-opener for schools that bullying is a serious problem. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls it an emerging health problem. Bullying can cause many problems physically, mentally, and emotionally. Students can become depressed, distressed and have academic problems. This issue is so big in schools and what needs to be answered is why school officials and the government do nothing about it until it is too late. The most sensible answer is because most victims do not report being bullied due to fear of more harassment or humiliation. Also, there are...
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