Bullying in School Proposal

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Bullying in School Proposal
Randy Stites
DeVry University
Week 8 Final
ENGL135/Advanced Composition
Professor: Steve Singleton

Brandon Bitner was a freshman honor student at Midd-West High School from Middleburg, PA. Brandon was an accomplished violinist. In school he found the ability to express his interest as we as he by wearing black clothing and eyeliner. School was also his biggest torment. On November 9th, 2010 Brandon took his own life by stepping in front of a moving tractor trailer, as the result of constant bullying. In his suicide note that he left on his computer, said he felt powerless and could not endure another four years of being called “faggot” and “sissy”. Brenckle, 2010) Four more students across America commit suicide, Seth Walsh, 13, Asher Brown, 13, Billy Lucas, 15, and Tyler Clementi, 18, all in the month of September from being bullied. (Drexler, 2010)

Even though not every victim of bullying results in suicide, it has to stop. I have had two friends commit suicide from the years of bullying they endured while in school. Bullying has not only led to an increase in teen suicides, an increase in school violence and shootings, it also has long lasting emotional and psychological effects beyond school. This not only has to change, it can change. No child should ever have to live in fear while trying to learn. This will not be an overnight fix, yet teachers, staff and lawmakers need to be proactive with anti-bullying and not reactive to something that has already happened and happening.

The purpose of this proposal is to show readers that bullying is a serious problem and not just kids being kids. The problems are due to bullying from a victim to the bully, and the long lasting effects emotional and psychological if something is not done to prevent it from happening, and by implementing practices that promote social justice and equity in schools, will instill a level playing field for every student. One city in Missouri went even further to prevent bullying off school grounds, where schools say they have no jurisdiction. They took their fight in front of Johnson County city board and got a city ordinance. One the most successful anti-bullying programs now has reduced bullying significantly. This will include several sources for credibility to my proposal. Adams, F. D. (2011), Jacobson, R. B. (2010), Kalman, I. C. (2013),

Every time a child is bullied everyone is affected, particularly the students that may suffer headaches, stomach pains and even sleeping problems. They may develop a fear of going to school, going to the bathroom, and riding the bus. It is possible they could lose interest in school by having trouble concentrating or perform poorly academically. The impact on the bullies can range from frequent fights; developing a habit for stealing and vandalizing property, to drinking and doing drugs, which could lead to depression and low self-esteem. Students that witness bullying, the bystanders, may feel a sense of guilt by not acting in a responsible manner, or if they do might be a target for bullying themselves. This impact will also affect the school itself, there could be a sense of fear throughout the school and give the students a sense that teachers have the inability to control students and feel they do not care what happens.

Bullying has been a problem since the age of time. One of the most memorable examples of this is in the book “Oliver Twist” written by Charles Dickens and published in 1838. This is one of the first examples written in the English language focusing on bullying and mistreatment of a child. Prior to the 1970’s bullying was not really considered a major problem or recognized until Swedish researcher by the name of Dan Olweus a professor in psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway conducted the first large scale study on bullying with school aged children and found that it was a growing problem. Olweus’s findings were...
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