Bullying At School As Bullying

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School administrators and personnel have long been tasked with handling the bullying culture that is so prominent in and out of the classroom. While the concept of bullying is certainly not new, its reach has expanded in a number of ways—and more and more recently, schools are being called to action after incidences of repeated bullying have beckoned students to flirt with the idea of taking their own life. Before entering a discussion on bullying, it’s important to come to a common definition of what it actually is. Dan Olweus offers such a definition in his journal “Bullying at School: What we know and what we can do”—“a student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one of more other students” (Olweus 9). This definition still offers some ambiguity, but it lays the framework for when to consider instances of conflict in school as bullying as opposed to daily confrontation. In the following, I will analyze a number of methods of intervening in cultures of bullying both by their inherent thinking and their practical effectiveness. Many different approaches have been taken in the past to curb bullying, but one specific body of thought has surrounded the idea which considers “a lack of empathy to be the basic cause” of school violence (Fredland S36). A 2009 New York Times article claimed that “many urban districts have found empathy workshops and curriculums help curb fighting and other…

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