Bullying

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For two years, Johnny, a quiet 13 year old boy from Norway, was a target of bullies. The teenagers bothered Johnny for money, forced him to swallow weeds and drink milk with detergent, beat him up in the bathroom, and tied a string around his neck, leading him around school as a “pet”. When Johnny’s bullies were interrogated, they said they pursued their victim because it was fun (Dan Olweus). One out of four kids is bullied each month (American Justice Department). Bullying is a big problem that can make people feel hurt, scared, sick, lonely, embarrassed and sad. Bullying can make a school a place of fear and can lead to violence and stress for everyone.

To begin, bullying is when a person is repeatedly exposed to negative actions on the part of one or more other people. It can take the form of physical contact, verbal abuse, or making faces or rude gestures. Harassment, teasing, ridicule, and emotional or physical violence can lead to low self-esteem and depression, then number one cause of suicide. Three quarters of all kids say they have been bullied or teased (Kids Health-Dealing with Bullies). It may seem that bullying is not a main concern, but there are indications that the level of bullying has increased over the last 10-15 years. The most frequent and sever forms of bullying have risen the most (?). 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month (BullyHelp). Thirty-nine percent of middle schoolers and thirty-six percent of high schoolers say they don’t feel safe at school (Josephson Institute of Ethics). A school's failure to deal with bullying endangers the safety of all its students by allowing a hostile environment to interfere with learning. People need to start recognizing that bullying has become a big problem, and put a stop to it before it gets worse.

To continue, bullying is viewed as an important contributor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide. Case studies of the shooting at Columbine High School...
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