Bullying In The United States

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Bullying Bullying is a way to intimidate someone or a way to make someone do what they want a person to do. Bullying is a form of abuse that can be emotional or physical. Victims of bullying usually lose interest in their school work and become depressed and eventually either drop out or commit suicide. People are bullied because of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. According to statistics about one fourth of all students from elementary through high school are victims of bullying. There are different types of bullying: cyber bullying, verbal bullying, physical bullying, and indirect bullying. Cyber bullying is involved with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tublr, Google Plus, Skype, etc.…show more content…
Statistics show that kids who are bullied usually end up losing interest in their school work and drop out of school because they’re afraid or embarrassed to go back to school. According to the article Bullies as Criminals by Greg Toppo, in the past decade states have finally addressed the issue on bullying. In 1999 on Georgia had an anti-bullying law. Since the Columbine shootings in 1999, states also began to act on the issue and as of this year (2012) 18 states have laws that now allow the victims of bullying to seek legal help. Also because there has been too many incidents such as a fourteen year old child who was bullied in his school for years and he ended up hanging himself outside of his house. However it is not only children from schools that receive such terrible treatment from bullies but also teachers, bus drivers, and bus monitors. A you tube video was posted this year of students verbally abusing bus monitor Karen Klein while she was only doing her job as bus monitor. This video put a spotlight on how hard it can be to handle bullying. Karen Klein was interviewed by Good Morning America and she said that she does want to see the boys punished but does not expect for them to receive legal punishment. She says she will eventually “get past” the incident just like she’s gotten past everything else. Lots of apology letters were sent to her when the video was put on you tube from the parents of the children who bullied her. A father of one of the kids apologized on local television news to Karen, stating that that was not the way his son was raised and that he will be seeking professional help for his son. “We’ve got work to do with kids to engender a sense of respect for each other and the people driving or monitoring the bus to try to keep them safe”, Peter Manella, executive director of the New York (state) Association for pupil Transportation.

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