Today like years past, teasing, fighting, and confrontations are all part of growing up. For some these are normal instances that occur every day but for other this is a serious issue. The situation gets wearisome for many and it takes an ugly turn in direction. No longer is it just heated interaction. It takes the form of tormenting, abusing verbally or intentionally trying to threaten younger or perceived to be weaker child. Bullying behavior occurs all over the world and almost in all segments of society. Normally starting during early education years, it often intensifies as those same kids become teenagers. Bullies are aggressive in nature and look at those that are shy and weak as easy targets. The victims of bullying are often unable to defend or fight back for themselves so it is imperative that bullying is stopped in its early stages.
Over the years, bullying has become an ever increasing problem. More children are becoming victims of this often tragic issue more today than ever before. Bullying has been defined by many people and in many ways. According to stopbullying.gov, there definition is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power (U.S. DHHS). The key word in that definition is power. Bullies thrive off their perceived power or control over the victim making them seam invincible. Bullying is a very damaging act to those targeted and needs to be stopped immediately. In order for this problem to be corrected, viable solutions must be put in place.
Bullying can happen anywhere and at any time. In schools it can happen on the playground, the cafeteria, hallways, and even in the classroom. Bullying is serious and recently has led to many often tragic endings. Violence towards the weak and emotionally unstable is a common theme in many American schools, and it is a grave threat to those students who cannot freely defend themselves. One of the most infamous examples occurred during the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. Two students, both victims of bullying, went on a murderous rampage through their school that not only took the lives of innocent student but also their own.
Many victims are dealing with the effects of bullying but react differently than those who use violence as retaliation. A growing number of victims are seeing the only way out of the situation is through suicide. This is an extremely sad outcome because it screams that the victim had reached their breaking point. Where there any signs of distress? Did anybody take notice that the victim was suffering? What could have been done to prevent it? These are questions that parents, administrators and society ask but normally it’s too late. Sometimes is hard to solve a problem that you don’t know exist. Many victims often keep their problems hidden due to fear or embarrassment. This makes it tougher to help them through this situation and put an end to the bullying.