Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection 2010
School bullying has likely existed as long as schools themselves. •
School bullying has taken a more serious turnmore
Bullied students are turning to violence as a solution—either through suicide or through deadly acts carried out against their persecutors and other students •
These tragedies have led to heightened awareness among parents, children, educators, and law enforcement experts about the harmful short- and long-term effects of bullying •
School bullying can consist of physical violence against a student, but more often involves ridicule and attempts to humiliate the target student in front of others. •
The victims who are often new students or those who suffer from health or learning disabilities. •
Bullying campaigns can also be waged over relationship issues such as jealousy.
Cyber bullying and Violent Retribution
Increasingly, bullying among teens is not limited to school grounds. •
Cyberbullying involves sending harassing emails or text messages, even just revealing personal information about a victim without their consent in an attempt to embarrass them •
People can use social networking websites to bully others: •
Most victims who are bullied normally committee suicide
Activism in the Aftermath
As media reports of bullying and its tragic aftermath became all too common, lawmakers and activists have worked to reduce bullying in schools and stiffen penalties against bullies •
As a direct result of Megan Meier’s suicide,Missouri legislators unanimously passed a bill, known as “Megan’s Law,” that outlaws use of the Internet for purposes of harassment
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Atlanta GA, CNN: Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. •
A 5th grade boy committed suicide because he was being bullied in school o...
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