Bullying and Harassment plays a huge part within society and within the public school. Bullying and harassment runs deep in the public school system and is increasing dramatically. Verbal, mental, physical, and cyberbullying are unacceptable, and can be mentally damaging, and dreadful to the student. Through my research paper. I will help to raise awareness about bullying with the goal of help those that have been bullied, provide assistance, and show actions that may help stop bullying, to the students that are currently and have been bullied. Regardless of the length of bullying it has a propensity to make teenage student feel inferior. I decided to do this topic because I have been in the same situation of being pushed around by bullies and I did not know who to turn to or what to do next. Seeing the recent suicides in teens made me want to take a stand and speak up for those who cannot speak for them self. A person bullies because they think they are powerful and want to show it. In some cases, the bullied has been bullied in the past, so the victim became the bully. Below are several reasons to back up my statement.
What is bullying? “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time” (What Is Bullying 2015). The more powerful, aggressive predator know as the bully intimidates the perceived weaker student. An imbalance of power. Bullying is a huge problem within all grade levels across the nation, once noticed as regular harmless teen activity, bullying has now became one of the main threats to safety within schools. In the past few years there has been numerous school shooting that were committed by bullying victim’s. The school shooting and the teen suicides make bullying very harmful and must be stopped if the nation wants to stop senseless deaths among teens.
There are 2 main forms of bullying direct and indirect. The first form will address is direct bulling. The first form of direct bullying is physical in nature, and can be considered poking, hitting, or pushing. The second form of direct bullying is verbal and can be considered calling names, yelling at the person, and teasing. The third form of direct bullying is cyberbullying, and happens online and on a social media platform. Indirect bullying does not happen directly to a person it is social in nature and can involve the per being excluded form a peer group, form, or social gathering an example of this is, turning others against the victim by spreading harsh rumors. The graph below shows that cyberbullying can happen to anyone. “It is a 50 percent chance and the person that said “they don’t know, or maybe” have experienced bullying and does not want to speak up out of fear. Around 35 percent of the students in the local school system have experienced bullying. That means around 35% of the students are not safe in their environment and aren’t learning to the best they can, the achievement scores for the school are suffering because of this” (Teen Talk on Cyberbullying. Pacer, Dec. 2017)
Bullying most rapid between the ages of 8 to 15, which are the stages of late childhood and early adulthood, and it occurs mostly in middle schools and elementary schools, with sighs of it still prevalent in high schools. As person get older the types of bullying have a tendency to change. Younger school bullies usually prefer name calling for bullying, and as they mature the name calling escalates into physical or sexual abuse.
In the recent years cyberbullying which consist of using the internet to bully such as emails, and, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to bully has because very popular to bullies. An example of cyberbullying is “Aaliyah’s Mother says her daughter committed suicide over cyber-bullying. It had to be a horrible death, and they need to do something about Facebook and the bullying, there’s a lot of kids dying over that,” said Rodriguez. Aaliyah, she says was the target of bullying by a few girls who would send her nasty messages, calling her derogatory names and the girl constantly picked on her . Something Aliyah’s friends witnessed firsthand” (Mother says her daughter committed suicide over cyber-Bullying.” NBC4i.Com, 19 Dec. 2017). That did not have to happen to Aaliyah, her life meant something to someone. That is one reason why bullying has to stop.
School bullying is negative, has negative effects on its victims and must be stopped. In my high school there has be bulling in the classroom that has disturbed the classroom evens, made teacher and students get off trach with the lesions and caused all students to miss important information. Besides disrupting classroom lesions and events, bullying contribute to school dropout rates because harms a student’s ability to learn “Schools with high rates of bullying had dropout rate 29 percent above average, whereas schools with low levels of bullying had dropout rates 28 percent below average. UVA professor Dewey Cornell points out that the study is the latest piece of evidence that an inclusive school climate is vital to student success” (ThinkProgress, ThinkProgress, 1 Nov. 2012). Even though bulling can be known as a subtle form of violence, it creates and unsafe school environment that can lead to more serious violence and harm to the victim. Witness of bullying can become fearful and become a victim of bullying themselves.
The damaging effects of bullying can be similar to those seen in child abuse victims. Victims of bullying have the potential to suffer from inability to socialize, negative social skills, body issues, and emotional or physical distress and miss a lot of school. Some would say they are staying out of school because they are scare and other might say bullying has physical and psychological repercussions. Most victims react by suffering in silence afraid it will trigger the bullies, and in some cases the victim acts out in violence behavior towards themselves which can result in suicide.
All schools should be a place where everyone students and teacher are respected and feel safe. Everyone can help learning the signs and systems of bullying and accepting people for who and what they are and supporting them. Schools have to create programs, peer groups, and safe place for all students to feel safe. They can even create buddy system or school student police to help detect and overcome bulling.
There has to be a stop to bullying and harassment in the public school system because it is increasing dramatically. Bullying’s direct effect on student dropping out, suicides, and mass school shootings is even more reason for people to take a stand against bulling and it bullies. School is supposed to be a system that was created to help the people grow and succeed not the opposite of fear and death. Every student should be safe and happy in their learning environment to succeed to the best of their abilities. Bullying should be stopped in public schools. Hopefully this makes a change