BULLYING IS FAR FROM HARMLESS, PUNISHMENTS MUST BE IMPOSED
Parents, caregivers and school officials need to take action against students bullying other students. Parents need to insist on harsher punishments for school bullies. Student bullying of there peers needs to stop. No child should be afraid to go to school. The facts on bullying are alarming. Bullying is far from harmless. The impact on the emotional and psychological well being of our youth can be devastating. Bullying is a relentless assault on the soul. The consequences of bullying can be lethal.
It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school everyday due to the fear of being attacked or intimidated by another student ( National Education Association). According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drop out of school does so because of repeated bullying. 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically, more then 50% of incidents go unreported. One out of every four kids are bullied. (American Justice Department) Bullying is a contributing factor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide. One out of 20 students has seen another student with a gun at school. Most shooting stem from children that have been bullied and that are seeking revenge from the ones that have hurt them.
There are many types of bullying. Verbal bullying can consist of basic name calling, insults, sexist or homophobic jokes to remarks and teasing using sexually suggestive or offensive language. Then, there is indirect bullying that may include spreading rumors about someone to being excluded from social groups. The most obvious type of bullying would be physical. Physical bullying might be something as simple as spitting at someone to more aggressive attacks like punching or kicking. Damaging or taking someone else's belongings would be considered physical bullying. Last, there is cyber bullying. Most of the time, cyber bullying is not done at school or during school hours but...
References: Eric Digest 1997, National Center of Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
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