Bullying in Schools: Causes, Effects and Possible Solutions Essay

2123 Words Apr 27th, 2006 9 Pages
Pansy, nerd, drip, and creep: these are just a few of the horrible slurs that schoolyard bullies, and many other popular students, direct toward their ostracized, vulnerable peers in the hallowed halls that form the American public school system. In and of themselves, these malicious words can quickly erode the self-esteem of their victims; however, words are not the only tool employed in the oppression of unpopular students. Violence towards the weak and emotionally unstable is a common theme in many American schools, and it is a grave threat to those students who cannot readily defend themselves. Following the infamous Columbine High School shootings, in which two students, both victims of bullying, embarked upon a murderous rampage …show more content…
Another obstacle in Frey's study was the bullies themselves. "Students who bully may attempt to coerce others into keeping bullying secret. After all, revelations of high levels of intimidation and fear may elicit adult intervention and threaten the status of dominant students" ( Frey 411). School officials are often unaware of the true depth of bullying because they do not see it on a regular basis. Victims may feel a sense of hopelessness because school officials do not understand the true implications of bullying. These students must often learn to deal with their victimization alone, whether by withdrawing socially and emotionally, inflicting pain upon themselves, or even resorting to violence. The serious and damaging effects of bullying are very prevalent, but often ignored by school officials and other adults. "Research gathered on chronic victims of bullying suggests that they likely possess characteristic deficits in emotional skills … and that these deficits may contribute to the risk of later psychological dysfunction associated with victimization" (Craig Et Al. 226) These researchers propose that these "deficits in emotional skills" help victims deal with the emotional distress caused by frequent bullying. However, one can rightfully presume that these emotional problems do not fade away as the victim enters adulthood. The act of bullying has long-term implications for