Bullying Essay

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Bullying: A Serious Problem John McGahee, Gwendolyn Jones-Townsend, Shaun Clark, and Kimberly Webb HUM/114 February 25, 2013 Pennie Maholland Bullying: A Serious Problem The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2013) defines bullying as the “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose” (bullying definition). This trusted government site is dedicated to stop bullying where it starts, in early childhood and up. According to Ruggiero (2012), a situation is “considered a problem because there is nothing about the situation itself that is likely to divide informed, intelligent people” (“Chapter 7, Distinguishing Problems from Issues”). With that in mind, we feel that bullying is a fast growing problem among children, adolescents, and young adults. Physical abuse or assaults in the form of taunting, bashing, rumors, and other acts of hazing target a single student or group of students. The problem is not only present in schools and public locations; internet chat rooms and social media sites now force victims to deal with the same bullying problems at home. Cyber bullying has gotten immense media attention recently with many cases sadly resulting in suicide or death. The “Bullying Statistics” website (2009) shows, “About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once” (Bullying statistics). This is not an issue because there is no need to decide which viewpoint is most reasonable. Bullying is wrong, it is a problem, and we need to decide on what action will change these horrible situations for the better.

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