Essay on Bullying and Violence in Public Schools

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Bullying and Violence in Public Schools

Although bullying has always been a problem in schools, it has more recently become a bigger crisis with vicious consequences. “However it is defined, bullying is not just child’s play, but a terrifying experience many schoolchildren face everyday. It can be as direct as teasing, hitting or threatening, or as indirect as exclusions, rumors or manipulation” (Garrett 2). Most kids do not think certain actions are classified as bullying, yet they do not realize the severity of the way they treat their peers. What they may see as “joking around” can be viewed as them being a bully, and they may even be hurting someone’s feelings without realizing the effect that they have. This can then
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Other ways in which pop culture “for most kids…works as a coarsener, desensitizer, and dehumanizer” is through video games and the Internet. (Grapes 60). They are susceptible to all of this violence because it is so ubiquitous in today’s society that it becomes almost impossible to avoid.

Another cause that may actually be lesser known is the use of psychiatric drugs. Many people may think that student use of illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin may have an effect, yet it seems that psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin, Prozac, and Luvox prescribed for “mental illnesses,” have been known to cause violent behavior. The most common of these “illnesses” is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which is most often treated with Ritalin. However, mania, insomnia, and hallucinations are just a few of the side effects that can be produced by such stimulants. Antidepressants such as Prozac and Luvox are also known to have adverse effects that include irritability, aggression, and hostility. Therefore, it is possible that there is a link between the increase in school violence and the rise in the prescribing of psychotropic drugs for kids. Unfortunately, “Despite the known negative effects that prescription psychiatric drugs can have on children…they continue to be prescribed at an alarmingly high rate” (Grapes 51).

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