Bullying; Not a Rite of Passage.

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Bullying Bullying in schools is a normal part of school life, or is it? Many have believed over the years that bullying is a rite of passage, something normal and acceptable. This mentality is harmful, physically and mentally to both the victim and the bully. Some people argue that bullying is just a "rite of passage," but that certainly doesn't make it acceptable. Growing up, we all go through these situations where we are the victims of hurtful situations. As long as it doesn't get out of hand, it can be seen as a rite of passage. Some kids are afraid to go home at night too. With no home life and scared at school, kids can turn to drugs and alcohol for release. Society, parents, and schools do not teach children the skills of physical, psychological, emotional and verbal self-defense. This is because most adults don't know how to do so. A majority of these people just put bullying aside like it is something that has to happen to everyone at one point. Almost like if you didn’t get bullied than you never really grew up. But is this right, should parents even, principals just blow bullying off like that? Maybe we've seen a bigger kid shoving a smaller kid around, or a girl with less money shunned because her clothes aren't nice enough or she doesn't live in the right neighborhood. Both situations involve bullying, and it's a serious problem in elementary and middle schools nationwide. Too often, we don't take bullying seriously. Young people who are bullied are more likely to skip school or completely drop out. Statistics show that 60 percent of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the time they were 24. They have made an Anti-Bullying law that will allow teachers and students to anonymously report perceived incidents of improper behavior. A majority of teachers and school administrators do not take this law
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