Bully or No Bully? Essay

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A five foot ten, 12-year old middle school boy enters the hallway. His appearance is quite gloomy. There are rumors whispered around that he beat up five kids last year. In actuality, he is new to town and he was transferred to play on the basketball team. Crazy, huh. This is one of the stereotypes of a bully. Not all bullies are 12 year boys beating up on children and asking for lunch money. Yet, society has labeled all persons with this description as a bully. A bully is a “person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker” (OxfordDictionaries). The act of bullying is to “use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something” (OxfordDictionaries). A bully could show the characteristics of a quarrelsome, blustering, overbearing who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people” (dictionary.com). These dictionary definitions are similar to what people think. However, I find that the confusion is where the bullying happens. Bullying is the act of a bully. There are physical, verbal, sexual, cyber, and emotional bullying. Bullying happens everywhere. There are bullies in school, at home, and in the job. The first, and well known bully is the school bully. The school bully is the most common type of bully. “1 of every 7 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 has been a bully or has been bullied” (bullyingfacts.info). School bullies are present on every grade level, elementary- college. In these cases, the bullies are exactly how the dictionary definition presents them to be. However, various studies show that bullying happens more on the secondary school level. This is where the stereotype comes from. Middle school is the time where we, as youths, try to find themselves. Our body is changing and puberty will make us do a lot of crazy things to stand out and be an individual.

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