Bullying in our Schools Essay

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Bullying in our Schools

Bullies are an inextricable element of classroom culture, and they have been since long before it occurred to an educational expert to author a study about them. For a long time, the attitude toward bullying was that it is simply a natural part of the school experience – with so many children together, some would say it is unavoidable – but that it was mostly harmless and that the children would grow out of it. The events of April 20th, 1999 demonstrated just how dangerous that way of thinking was.

Every American remembers the shooting that occurred that day at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO; Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their classmates, thirteen of whom
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Obviously, incidents such as the Columbine massacre command the attention of the entire nation with the mayhem that the victims unleashed. It is clear that bullying can be a psychologically destructive force; further, it is only reasonable to assume that evidence of this psychological damage appears over an extended period of time rather than in a sudden, explosive release. Dr. Jaana Juvonen, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent bullying, recently published a study that discusses many of the symptoms that a victim may exhibit in the early stages of bullying. Many victims become uninterested in school; they may “tune out” during classes or ask their parents to keep them at home. Because of this, their performance in school usually declines. After prolonged exposure to bullying, the victim’s social life also suffers; he often avoids contact with others, and when it occurs, his interpersonal relationships may be marked by a lack of trust or impatience. Physical symptoms may also result from bullying, including headaches, stomachaches, and insomnia, as well as possible injuries from the bullying itself. These symptoms tend to come later in the cycle and exacerbate the psychological damage inflicted on the victim. After a period in which these problems pile up on the victim, a damaging catharsis such as self-mutilation, suicide, or homicide may result.

Putting a stop to bullying needs to be a priority in American school

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