Bullying in Schools and How We as a Nation Can Stop It Essay

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Bullying in Schools and How We as a Nation Can Stop It Brittney Still DeVry University Bullying in Schools and How We as a Nation Can Stop It Bullying happens everywhere. It can be found on the news, in the paper, and even online. The statistics are alarming and if we, as a nation, do not do something now to stop it, it will only get worse. Bullying needs to be at the forefront of every parent’s mind and in the media until a solution is found. A recent article states that about 77% of students have admitted to being the victim of a bully. The American Justice Department bullying statistics show that one out of every four kids will be bullied at some time by their adolescence (Bullying Statistics, 2013). One of the most unfortunate parts of these school bullying statistics is that in about 85% of bullying cases, no intervention or effort is made by a teacher or faculty member of the school to stop the bullying from taking place (Bullying Statistics, 2013). The consequences of bullying are numerous. Children are facing physical and emotional damage. They are missing their education. According to statistics reported by ABC News, 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of being bullied (Bullying Statistics, 2013). The worst consequence of bullying, by far, is suicide, now being referred to as “bullycide.” Children as young as nine years old are taking their own lives. So why do bullies bully? There are actually several reasons. Many people believe it is because the bullies are seeking power. This power brings popularity and high social status for the bullies (Marshall, 2010). Others say it is due to family issues. A child that comes from an unloving and/or so-called “broken home” is more likely to bully. Perhaps it is because the child was previously bullied him or herself and now chooses to be the bully instead of the victim. This child

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