According to statistics, bullying is one of the notorious types of violence perpetrated in the United States. A survey by The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reveals that about 1.5 million students get bullied by their colleagues (Bullying Statistics, 2014). Their study also shows that one in every five students admitted participating in bullying. Bullying can be caused by numerous factors. Psychological and social problems can make one resolve to bullying. A child being raised by violent parents can end up being a bully. A victim of bullying can also retaliate by bullying other people to get the satisfaction of ‘revenge’. Persons undergoing depression, anxiety or post-traumatic disorders may engage themselves in bullying. Such people may find relief in bullying others (Piehl, Bullying, 2009).
Bullying can be verbal, social or physical. Bullying includes punching, hitting and kicking others. It can also be in the form of mocking and teasing. Bullying is usually an abuse of power or strength. Perpetrators of bullying usually find a weakness in their victims. The bully may not be stronger or physically bigger than the victim. A bully employs persistent behavior to the detriment of the victim. Constant criticism or molestation makes the victim susceptible to the bully. A bully will monitor his victim, find faults in him then humiliate and frustrate the victim. Persistence in bullying can be intentional. Others argue that bullying can be compulsive and obsessive. When violence is perpetrated by a strong person towards a weaker person it is described as “vortex of violence”. This can also be known as the talionic response that is described in the Bible. A husband may abuse his wife. The wife will abuse one of the older children, and then the older child will abuse the younger sibling. This would be the “vortex of violence.” (Piehl, Bullying, 2009).
Bullies may have poor social skills and may...