School Bullying: An Analysis and Recommendations

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School Bullying As we become more educated as a society, we become more aware and willing to admit that the incidents of bullying are indeed damaging; the explanation that "kids will be kids" and that torment between children is just another aspect of growing up simply does not suffice any more as an acceptable answer for bad behavior. Furthermore, there is much evidence to suggest that bullying is on the rise. "Peer abuse has always existed at school, but the kinds of kids who are harassing others have changed. The stereotype of yesteryear a physically intimidating, low-achieving, socially maladjusted loner no longer applies. Instead, bullies these days are, often as not, popular kids and academic achievers"¦ Girls are slightly more likely than boys to act out against others not physically, but by using tactics like alienation, ostracism and deliberate rumors calculated to inflict maximum psychological damage" (Tyre, 2010). The numbers of reported bullying incidents have gone up significantly and more and more experts on children, schools and education are speaking out on how bullying completely destroys a supportive school environment (Green, 2011). Children who are on the receiving end of bullying start to internalize truly detrimental thoughts and feelings about themselves which can prevent them from adequately adjusting to school and from developing in a safe and healthy manner (Green, 2011). For instance, in Baltimore's school system, the city received 231 reports
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