Bullying: When Might Does Not Make Right

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Bullying: When Might Does Not Make Right "It is the lack of knowledge of, or the unwillingness to recognize, or the deliberate denial of the existence of the serial bully which is the most common reason for an unsatisfactory outcome for both the bully and the victim." * Author Unknown “Bullying” is the general term applied to a pattern of behavior whereby one person with a lot of internal anger, resentment and aggression, and lacking interpersonal skills chooses to displace their aggression onto another person. Constant criticism, nit-picking, exclusion, isolation, teasing etc. with verbal, psychological, and physical violence are all different forms of bullying. Society has taught us to become critical of others in their downfalls. As a result, one out of every four students has been a victim of a bully in one way or another while in grades one to twelve. Most recently, there has been an increase in awareness of bullying in schools. It is not that bullying itself is on the rise, rather it is that society is at last beginning to recognize just how detrimental bullying really is. Bullying can no longer be trivialized by adults, taken lightly or denied. In light of recent school shootings, parents and educators have become concerned about whether bullying behavior or being the victim of one may contribute to more serious acts of aggression. School shootings, for one, are an anomaly—over-rated, exaggerated, and extremely rare. Bullying, on the other hand, is very common and has definite serious social effects. Society should be much more concerned with bullying and self-inflicted violence. Many argue that there is no real way to prevent bullying. Kids will be kids and that is all there is to it. However, because of the incredibly negative effects that have recently been found to occur to the victims of bullying, there has been an active effort to stop

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