What Is Bullying?

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Raylene Cole
Mrs. Serle
English 12
10 April 2013
What is Bullying?
The book Under The Bridge tells a true story about the murder of a young girl from British Columbia, Canada:” It has been a long road to justice for Reena Virk, beaten and murdered at the hands of her teenage peers. The murder of this girl is one of the most notorious and heartbreaking cases in Canadian history. Here, for the first time, acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey reveals the stunning truth about a Canadian tragedy that captured international headlines. Who were the seemingly ordinary suburban teenagers who found themselves under the bridge in Victoria, BC, on the night of November 14, 1997? Why would a girl who longed to be their friend be beaten and killed? And how did so many teenagers keep terrible secrets from parents, teachers and police for eight days? These are the questions all of us have been asking, and in Under the Bridge the answers are revealed in a stunning narrative. Godfrey spent six years researching the case, conducting exclusive interviews with parents, classmates, police, prosecutors and, perhaps most importantly, several of the youths, including Warren Glowatski, one of the twoteenagers convicted of murdering Virk. Godfrey also witnessed firsthand the many trials of Kelly Ellard, also found guilty of killing a girl who just wanted to fit in”. (Godfrey, Rebecca. Under The Bridge. N.p.: Pocket Books, 2007. N. pag. Print.) The word “bullying” would always be in my mind throughout my reading of Rebecca Godfrey’s “Under The Bridge”, so I decided to make bullying my essay topic. So what is bullying? Kids Help Phone describes bullying as “Bullying is the name we give to any negative, aggressive action that hurts, humiliates, demeans, frightens or excludes someone.” The web page also explains that there are different types of bullying and gives examples of each. Physical bullying, social bullying, emotional bullying, discriminatory bullying, and cyber bullying are all...
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