Each year, there are more than 3.7 million youth who engage in some form of bullying, and another 3.2 million who are victims of being bullied. Bullying isn’t just normal physical abuse. Bullying can also be in the form of verbal abuse or social abuse. Name calling, intimidation, and destroying relationships are all alternate forms of bullying. I believe bullying should be addressed not necessarily because of the fearful climate and stress it may cause, but rather the potential retaliation that can stem from being bullied.
Many students who are bullied struggle because a lot these situations are difficult to communicate. Studies and surveys have shown that two thirds of school shootings have occurred after a student made claims of being bullied, threatened, attacked, or injured by others. Students who are bullied are also known to suffer from loneliness, depression, and low self-esteem. Regardless of the age group, it is hard for youth and adolescents to tell someone older that they are being picked on. This is largely due the misconception that someone who is bullied is weak. In some instances, bullied students become overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, anger, and even rage which can lead to school shootings.
Many times, bullies seek out attention from their peers in order to gain a sense of belonging or social status. In order to deflect this, students should try and develop tight-knit support systems. The sole objective of a bully is to break his or her victim down but, if one surrounds themselves with positive individuals, this will eliminate any chance of self doubt. Having a strong support system makes it easier to discuss whatever issues you are going through. This good communication makes it easier to receive help in order to avoid being further abused.
- Mr. Rashad