Why Is a Bully a Bully?

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Bullying is a growing epidemic effecting children in schools across the nation. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines a bully as someone who purposefully behaves in a way that causes distress or harm to another person they consider to be “weaker” or “lesser” (Daniel, 2006). It is estimated that more than 159,000 children miss school every day as a result of the fear they feel from being victimized and bullied (Hunter, 202). Schools in America are reported to have over 2 million bullies and more than 2.5 million victims, and a startling 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying in their school (Hunter, 2012). In the last decade bullying has become a major factor in children acting out and seeking revenge on those who have caused them pain. In fact, it has been reported that 75 percent of school shootings have been linked to harassment and bullying (Hunter, 2012). Bullying is a growing problem in our school systems, finding ways to intervene on behalf of the victims and figuring out what causes a bully to become a bully are key factors in finding a way to stop this type of senseless crime. Research shows that there is no singular cause of bullying, but that there are many factors that include family, peer, school, and community aspects that contribute to why children feel the need to bully others (Daniel, 2006). Bullying allows a person to “gain power” over someone who is “weaker” by using intimidation, verbal abuse, physical abuse, etc… Unfortunately bullies rarely see violence as being a bad thing, and they do not have any guilt or shame when they are acting out towards someone they feel deserves it (Daniel, 2006). Bullying is a learned behavior, but along with this learned behavior there is a choice to become a bully (Fall, 2008). There are many children who grow up with the same predisposition factors as
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