Bullying: History, Law Prevention And Analysis

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Introduction “Life is a fight, but not everyone is a fighter.” 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. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. (Government, Federal. “What is bullying?” U.S. Department of Health & Human services. Bullying is a national growing problem. Can people truly be safe with no way to be protected legally against bullies? Bullying has been a problem that has faced the nation since the first reported research in the 1970s.…show more content…
Since the beginning of time there has been a constant drive to out-perform others and overcome obstacles. Both of these forces have flowed over into the educational, social, and economic realms. This ideology has shaped a nation where bullying is unintentionally being instilled as a survival tactic from a very young age.” (Donegan, Richard. “Bullying and Cyberbullying: History, Statistics, Law Prevention and Analysis.” Elon University. Spring 2012.)
Bullying has been a worldwide issue for as long as humans can remember. The first systematic studies on bullying accrued in the 1970s by Norwegian researcher, Dan Olweus. As early as 1981, he proposed enacting a law against bullying in schools so bullying could be spared the repeated humiliation implied in bullying. There are currently no federal law that specifically applies to bullying. When bullying is based on race, color, sex, national origin, disability or religion, then schools are legally obligated to express it. Before things get that bad some action needs to be done to prevent the situation from getting worse. Federal anti-bullying laws could make the world a safer
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“About 49% off children in grades 4-12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once ring the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.” (Government, Federal. “What is bullying?” U.S. Department of Health & Human services. With almost 50% of student in the U.S some form of bullying needs to be done to stop it. Anti-bullying laws should be put in affect. “1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and only intervene 4% of the time. Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective. 7% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.” (Government, Federal. “What is bullying?” U.S. Department of Health & Human services. If anti-bullying support groups where made available then students would not feel
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