Bullying I

Topics: High school, Bullying, Secondary school, School types, Violence, Abuse / Pages: 8 (1838 words) / Published: Apr 10th, 2013
Patti Wren
Public Speaking
Persuasive Speech
Nov. 1, 2003


|I want to share with you a story about a 12 year old boy. His name is Skyler. Skyler was an unusual boy that had significant problems in |
|school with both peers and teachers. I don’t mean minor problems, I mean severe problems. Everyday of his school life was filled with the |
|tortures of bullying, by several students as well as by a teacher. From the moment he got to school until the moment the bus doors closed |
|behind him he suffered constant abuse. He would be called names, kicked, tripped, pushed, threatened and more. One student even wrote a |
|paper about “How to Kill Skyler”. This paper had Skyler’s name on the top of it and was handed directly to Skyler. The paper contained |
|statements like, Skyler needs to die by the time he is 13. I wonder how Skyler will die? Will I do it? Will he kill himself? When the |
|teachers aren’t watching I am going to jump him. There were several more comments along the same lines. The interesting part is how the |
|teacher graded the paper, by telling the author to use proper punctuation and grammar. She also noted in question form if he really felt this|
|much anger. Everyday of his life was consumed with fear and hurt. Skyler quit his basketball team because he didn’t want to be harassed |
|anymore. He had no friends, he had no allies, and he was completely alone. |

|The first thing I would like to do tonight is to look at the problem of bullying. |

|Let me define bullying for you. |
|Bullying involves a power imbalance in which the child doing the bullying has more power due to factors such as age, size, support of the peer|
|group, or higher

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