Bullying: A Traumatic Experience
Bullying is a growing subject in the modern world, but it has been around way before the year 2014. I came to school one day in elementary and saw one of my close friends being picked on and I never quite understood why they were teasing him so bad. It was then that a teacher walked up to the boys and said "Bullying will not be tolerated." I had never known that picking on someone had an actual term. Bullying is more complex than one is to believe. It can be a strong man’s game, a game where one who is witty with words can be the villain, or a game where one decides to hide behind a computer screen.
When I began my research, physical bullying was the first thing that I stumbled upon. Physical bullying is the most common form of bullying and it occurs when someone uses physical actions to gain power and control over their targets. When I was in my early years of high school, it was common to see your typical jock “playing around” with the student with glasses that was shy, tall, and slender. Physical bullies are normally stronger, more aggressive, and bigger than the ones they abuse. Unlike the other forms of bullying, physical bullying is the easiest to identify. As a result, it is most likely what people think of when they think of bullying. Additionally, it has received more attention from schools than any of form of bullying.
When most people think of bullying, they think of physical bullying. However, bullying goes beyond the physical and can encompass the verbal. It may seem strange, but verbal bullying can be just as harmful - in different ways - as physical bullying. With verbal bullying, the goal is still to degrade and demean the victim, while making the aggressor look dominant and powerful. The shy, tall and slender student with glasses could be seen as a villain. That student doesn’t seem threatening, but if he/she uses their words to make others seem small, then that student is just as much of a bully as someone...