According to Bullying Statistics, bullying is the most common type of violence in the United States society (Why Do People Bully). In a survey done by The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, samples of 15,000 students from the grades 6 through 10 were surveyed about bullying. The study result yielded that about 1.7 million students in these grades admitted to bullying their classmates. This would be equivalent to 1 in every 5 students admitting to bullying (Cole, Cornell and Sheras). Bullying is a common type of violence and can be caused by a number of different things. In the book Nineteen Minutes by Jody Picoult, bullying was caused because the child was different (Picoult). The bullying was then caused because the original bully retaliated.
Bullying is physical, verbal and social. Bullying includes kicking, punching and hitting. It can also be teasing and mocking others. In social bullying, the bully will change the way the victim is seen by others. An example would be telling false stories about the victim and making everyone believe these stories. Since bullying is physical, verbal and social, there are many ways that one can bully. Peter, in Nineteen Minutes was a victim of many types of bullying (Picoult).
The victim of bullying does not ask to be bullied. Therefore, bullying is an abuse of power. A bully will use persistent behavior to criticize the victim. It will be intentional and persistent. They may find faults with the victim, exclude the victim, humiliate or use excessive monitoring. One might say that bullying is obsessive and compulsive (Sognonvi). Peter was constantly bullied by others (Picoult). They teased, made fun of, and took things from him. The bullies made others do the same.
Peter was weak, emotionally and physically (Picoult). There is a power of imbalance between the victim and the bully. The “vortex of violence” is when the violence goes from the strongest to the weakest (Weinhold)....