THE PLAGUE: SCHOOL BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM
The Plague: Bullying in our School System
Prairie View A& M University
Bullying is a problem that has plagued our school systems for decades. It is usually a hidden problem. Bullying has been an activity that used to be thought of as a rite of passage in a youngsters childhood, but research has shown that its effects go farther than childhood banter. “Bullying is a practice that can have a significant impact upon their long-term emotional, behavioral and academic adjustment” (Park, 2006). Bullying can be linked to school violence and the decrease of academic achievement and low self-esteem (Bulach, Fulbright, &Williams, 2003; Shears, 2002; Beane, 1999). Where bullying was thought to only happen at school, it is now known that it can take place through technological devices such as the cell phone and the computer. The best solution to effectively end bullying is for adults to have an active involvement in the lives of the children they are around. The purpose of this study is to acquire a better understanding of bullying, to examine what bullying is, what types of acts are considered to be bullying, the effects bullying has on the victim and bully in regards to social development, and intervening measures that can take place to curb the number of incidents in our schools.
School is supposed to be a place where students are supposed to feel safe. The truth is that many children are the targets aggressive and intimidating acts by others. Bullying is a problem that has plagued our school systems for decades. It is a problem that can have negative consequences for the school environment resulting in poor academics, physical and emotional stability. Many times these acts are overlooked by the personnel responsible for providing the safe environment. In many cases, bullying is tolerated or ignored (Beard, 1998). Too many teachers and other adults unless there is a physical act causing...