Running head: Standing Up Against the Epidemic of Bullying
Assignment 5: Possible Disadvantages, Answers, with Visuals
Submitted to Professor Danny Meadows
December 9, 2012
We need to turn this widespread epidemic into prevention and intervention strategy. Bullying in our nation schools is a problem worldwide, bullying in schools presents a negative effect on the school environment. This can present an unsafe and fearful school environment, academic failure, and lifelong physical, emotional, and social distress. “Bullying can include aggression that is physical (hitting, tripping), verbal (name calling, teasing), or psychological/social (spreading rumors, leaving out of group)” (CDC.gov, 2012.). We cannot continue to ignore the negative effects and affects that is becoming in our schools atmosphere. “Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment” (CDC.gov, 2012). Every child regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation deserves the right to be able to learn, grow, and develop in a safe environment without being bullied or feared. This urgent matter needs to be addressed. We as students, teachers, school staff, and parents need to implement policies and procedures, awareness, preventable measures, and training to turn the epidemic challenge. It is imperative that states have the resources to train school staff on prevention and intervention to help recognize any characteristics of bullying.
The history of bullying has always been an ongoing issue in schools, but lately the epidemic is deteriorating our nation children. Bullying has been around for a long time, but as time went on the characteristics of bullying has intensified. “From 1999 to 2010 state legislatures nationally enacted more than 120 separate bills that...