Bullying is getting worse and stronger action is needed. In the past couple of years bullying has been a topic often talked about in schools.
There are about 71 percent of students that report bullying as an on-going problem. This is an ongoing problem that needs to be solved.
School children who are bullied are more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves and to make suicide attempts.
Bullying is a constant problem in schools today. It starts with annoying comments, but escalates to more severe matters. People might say they are just ignorant kids, but bullies truly are criminals, stealing self-esteem and at times ending lives. Bullying is a crime, because of the serious effects it can have on an individual. “And, once robbed of their self-esteem they can suffer from mental and physical problems, drop out of school and even commit suicide.” Says Diamond “Many adults still get teary recalling their humiliating days at the hands of the class bully, mainly because bullies don’t operate alone.
They pick up sycophantic disciples along the way and that multiplies the victim’s pain. Steiny adds, ” The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me? Isn’t necessarily true, words hurt”. Maybe not physically, but when kids already have insecurities, bullies don’t help. They build on those insecurities and insult the different qualities of kids. No one likes the way insults feel, and this is why bullies are criminals and deserve more severe consequences. Also, bullying can end in a tragic death. The usual event is suicide of the victim, or a violent act by the bully that may end in murder. For example, “15 year old Phoebe Prince hung herself after being harassed by classmates who threw cans at her before speeding off.” Phoebe had been bullied for almost three months before this occurred. There is also teenager Larry King who was shot in the head in front of a teacher and a whole classroom full of students. Diamond adds...