Seventy percent of students report that bullying is a problem in their school. One in every ten middle school students drop out or change schools (www.findapsychologist.org/category/healthcare-topics-issues/bullying/). Among drop outs, there is death. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. About 4,400 teens a year commit suicide. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. That is 440,000 suicide attempts a year. At least half of reported suicides are linked to bullying. There for, 220,000 suicide attempts have been the cause of bullying. Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide and almost seven percent, have attempted. Bullying victims are two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Girls from the ages ten to fourteen are at a higher risk of suicide. Nearly 30% of students are either bullies or victims of bullying. 160,000 kids stay home from school everyday for fear of being bullied (www.bullyingstatistics.org). Those are just few of many statistics Instead of bullying kids, why not sit down and do the math so you can figure out how much damage words and fists can do to a person and families.
There are three links to bullying – being the victim, the bystander or the bully. Being the conductor of bullying usually has a back story as to why the actions are being done. Is it learned or is it taught? How does a bystander fit into the cycle? For a lot of kids, being bullied does not hurt nearly as much when one thinks about the people who just watched when they could have helped.
There are many ways a person can be a victim or a bully. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Being bullied physically is when a person is, for example, kicked, shoved or punched. One of the hardest forms of bullying to deal with, is verbally or emotionally. The words people use to verbally assault or bully a victim, come out of their mouths in an instant, but stay with the victim for a much longer time. What if people started touching a person in a joking way, but over time it went to far. Not stopping when they were asked. That would be sexual bullying that often leaves the victim feeling violated.
What is a bully? A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. The definition makes it seem as though all bullying is only physical. Though there is much more to bullying then the physical aspect. There are though, threats of physical attacks on a victim in both verbal and cyberbullying. A bystander is a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part. In some cases, knowing that somebody is there and has the opportunity to help but does not, can potentially hurts more than what the bully is doing. A victim is a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. In some...