Bullying Those with Special Needs and Disabilities Essay

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Bullying is mean and mean stinks. Bullying, however, goes well beyond mean. The term is commonly defined as "the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include an intentional act to hurt or harm someone, an imbalance of power and repetition” (Lohmann). However defined, bullying is ugly and hurtful and cruel and should be taken very seriously. Children with disabilities are at an even greater risk of being bullied, and it is not only ugly, hurtful and cruel, it is against the law and all steps necessary to eliminate bullying in this population ought to be taken. Bullying occurs in many different ways. Physical abuse can include hitting, kicking, …show more content…
In 1999, the topic of bullying came to the forefront when two students at Columbine High School in Colorado killed twelve classmates and a teacher. The shooters had allegedly been bullied in school for years. Victims of bullying are usually those who stand apart from those that are considered “normal.” They are often those students who look different, speak different, and act different from the “normal” kids. Special needs students, those with developmental, learning and intellectual disabilities, are not considered “normal” and are oftentimes the targets. One study claims that almost 75% of special education students report being bullied. The members of this vulnerable group is vast, and includes, for example, children with ADHD, children with physical disabilities like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, children who stutter, children that are on the autism spectrum, and children with learning disabilities. Students with disabilities and special needs are more likely to face peer rejection. They are at an increased risk of being bullied because of their differences and in part due to their vulnerability and challenges relating in social situations.
Most students with disabilities are already addressing challenges in the classroom as a result of their disability. Bullied disabled students have to deal with verbal, physical and/or emotional attacks while