& Ldquo Stop Bullying Now

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Bullying was once looked upon as a rite of childhood. You had to deal with it and get tougher because of it, it was going to happen no matter if you stayed home, went to school or even went out to play with the neighborhood kids. Today bullying is looked upon as a severe issue that is causing people to take notice and even propose laws to prevent it. According to the “Stop Bullying Now” website (www.stopbullyingnow.hsra.gov) bullying includes such actions as; “punching, shoving and other physical acts that hurt people, spreading bad rumors about people, keeping certain people out of a group, teasing people in a mean way and even getting people to gang up on others.” In the age of electronics, a new form of bullying has…show more content…
Congress is currently debating a recent bill proposed to prevent Cyber Bullying. The bill titled, the “Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act “main goal is the prevention and punishment of those “whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both” (H.R. 1966, April 2, 2009)CommentsClose CommentsPermalink. The bill is controversial as the language within the bill can refer to any electronic form of communication including radio and television and is seen as potentially squashing the freedom of speech given in the Bill of…show more content…
They will miss school more often and complain of such illnesses as colds, sore throats, fevers and stomach upset. Continued bullying can result in the child dropping out of school, developing bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and getting into fights. The HRSA website also indicates that “60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least on criminal conviction by the age of 24. Bullying in school also has an impact on other students at school by creating a climate of fear and disrespect in schools and has a negative impact on student learning.” Those who are bullied are five times more likely to be depressed and far more likely to be suicidal than those who are not bullied according to the Groundspark
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