Bullying: How You Can Save a Life

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Bullying: How You Can Save a Life Sadly, bullying has become a harsh reality in today’s modern world. In the age of technology and the Internet where anything can be said within the press of a button without regards to another’s feelings, bullying has become a big problem both online and off-line. In response to this issue, many schools and universities are more aware of bullying, resulting in strict anti-bullying rules. Bullying has a destructive psychological effect on today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. Studies show that one out of four children are bullied (Words Can Kill). Bullying can occur at any location and at any age. Birchwood Middle School Assistant Principal says, “Every school has a bullying problem.” (Words Can Kill). Unlike the past, where the perceived notion of bullying was restricted to the playground, people realize that bullying can occur almost anywhere. It can take place at work, home, school or online. Bullying is the act of purposely harming or threatening to harm another person through physical or emotional abuse. There are more than 15 different types of bullying. Here are the most common: verbal, physical and cyberbullying. Bullying is everywhere; as a fourth grader, Dara Genovese attended a Catholic School where even there peers had her “Oh we’d hoped you were dead” (Words Can Kill). Verbal bullies use words to hurt or humiliate others. Verbal bullying includes name-calling, insulting, making racist comments and constant teasing (MAYO 2). Toni Genovese, a concerned mother of a verbal bully victim said, “If these children had knives in their hands and did to her, with the knives that they’re doing with words, she would have been dead a long time ago.” (Words Can Kill). This type of bullying is the easiest to inflict on others. When Johnny Cagno, a Birchwood Jr. High student who is also a victim of verbal bullying, was
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