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Bullying Needs to Stop!

October 2, 2012

Khrysta Boulavsky

“Mrs. Johnson”

ENG 101 CO1

October 2, 2012

Bullying Needs to Stop

Bullying is one of the most common forms of abusement. It can occur in school, home, or the work place. It is a person’s entitlement to power, and his/her thirst for control over another’s well-being. There are many different types of bullying, and not all of them have an explanation. The more popular forms include physical, verbal, and indirect bullying. However, many bullies can portray their dominance through social alienation, intimidation, as well as cyberbullying. All of which are cruel, self-destructive, and something no person should have to endure.

Education is a part of a child’s life through grades k-12. Bullying is known to be normal at these specific ages. According to the American Justice Department, “one out of every four kids will be verbally or physically bullied when their young.” (Bullystatistics.org)  Social Alienation is one very common form of bullying for young ages; it is when a person is excluded from a group. There are countless stories of children who have been labeled an outsider in the very walls of his/her own school. A huge part to social alienation consists of rumors, usually spread from one person to another, until the bullied is isolated. Out of the seventy-seven percent of students who are bullied, fifty-eight percent are verbally bullied. (Bullyingstatistics.org) Many people believe bullying happens between both female and male victims, but after reading through studies, females are the dominant source of bullying.  It is understood how viscous young girls can be, especially when they form a group. “Popularity” is the most powerful thing, and cliques are what define the student body. It’s all about being liked and doing whatever it takes to keep that admiration. The ultimate goal is to avoid the humiliation that is inflicted upon the victim.

There are numerous cases in the United States in which social alienation has occurred. However, sadly, most have ended with long-term effects such as depression, anxiety, other mental instabilities, disorders, and suicide. Fourteen percent of all students bullied suffer a severe reaction emotionally and physically. Unfortunately, there is fifteen to twenty five bully incidents reported every year that result in suicide. (Bullyingstatistcs.org) People don’t truly understand the results of bullying until they have gone through the experience, or witnessed it. Many parents, as well as students, misunderstand and misjudge the bully situation. Words aren’t the only things that devastate a bullied student, it is the actions as well, and the recovery is longer than the incident.

Bullying doesn’t only affect the bully and the victim. Once that bullied student takes matters into their own hands, it impacts us all as a community. (http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/bullying) We should build each other up, not tear each other down. I’m talking about the future of our world, or lack of. It is our responsibility to stand up for what is right, and to protect the vulnerable. I think the answer to stopping the bully situation is to first recognize when it’s happening, and be brave enough to right the wrong. Students need to find the courage to tell a teacher, or adult what is going on. People can be blind to a situation like this if it doesn’t involve them directly. (http://youtu.be/6zv7xaDZoto) Many teenagers and kids are often too immature to understand the consequences of their actions. We should make it a priority to teach children when their young the cause and effect of this type of situation.

Bullying is a major social issue that should be dealt with immediately. Bullying by definition is, “a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.” (Dictionary.com) Social alienation along with other forms of bullying can be detrimental to a person’s growth, health and life. There are many Anti-bullying programs and celebrity testimonies that make people aware of the bully situation. This should encourage people to take action and spark change in the lives of many.

Other Links:

http://www.dosomething.org/cause/bullying-and-violence

http://www.niot.org/

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