Mt. Carmel Needs a Code of Conduct
“Bullying a form of violence among children is common on school playgrounds, neighborhoods, and homes throughout the United States and around the world. Bullying has long been considered an inevitable and in some ways uncontrollable part of growing up” (Kouri). This is according to Jim Kouri but bullying has been a serious problem in schools for years. It may be thought to be uncontrollable but there are some things we can do to prevent bullying. There should be a clear and strict Code of Conduct, so that we can ensure a safe, fear-free, learning environment to all students. What is Bullying?
Usually when we think of bullying, we think of a smaller, weaker student being picked on or made fun of by a bigger, stronger student, but this not necessarily true, bullying is the constant and repetitive actions of harassment and/or abuse with intention to harm another physically or verbally.
According to Professor Tara L. Kuther from Western Connecticut University, “Bullying then refers to physical or psychological intimidation that occurs repeatedly, is intended to inflict injury or discomfort on the victim, and creates an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse” (Kuther, 1). This means that if a person is teased once it isn’t necessarily bullying. Many authors emphasize that bullying is ongoing and repetitive harassment over a period of time. (Banks, Kuther, Olweus). Bullying is a Problem in Schools
Today bullying is still a problem in schools. Because schools and authorities have a hard time catching bullying considering it happens when teachers are not around. It also makes it that much harder to enforce the rules on bullying behaviors. Some students also do not realize the long term consequences bullying has on both the bully and the victim. In order to make sure we avoid these long term consequences we must prevent bullying. “Various reports and studies have established that approximately 15% of students are either bullied...
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Kuther, Tara. “Understanding Bullying.” Our Children 29.2 (2004): 12-13. Print.
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