High School Bullying
An Organized Defense Against High School Bullying
The tendency to bully others usually surfaces in the early development years of a child’s life; it is not like a disease that anyone contracts from someone else.
High school bullying usually stems from a child who has been abusive and/or abused earlier in life without the proper intervention of a teacher or parent. One of the worst parts of bullying in the later school years is that the bully might want to impose serious harm on the victims.
Older bullies generally have more flexibility and freedom to make life miserable for the people they bully well beyond the confines of the school campus. This allows bullies to have more control and gives sufferers fewer places to escape harassment. Bullies become bolder and there is a danger of more violent and punishing attacks on the victims.
Students in high school are less likely to seek adult help when they are bullied. They often feel that adults are not capable of doing anything about the bullying and they feel the situation is hopeless.
They are also often embarrassed about the harassment and their inability to handle the situation on their own. Grades are often affected because the bullying holds a central place in the minds of those who are bullied causing an inability to concentrate on anything else, and their self-esteem usually becomes very low.
Organized Programs for Dealing with Bullying
Institutions that instigate high school bullying programs should see a dramatic decrease in the number of instances of harassment from bullies. Teachers, faculty, parents, and students who band together against aggressive and demeaning acts can make a difference with a concerted group effort.
An organized program should be very clear and concise as to what the consequences of bullying are and enforcement should be mandatory and swift.
One of the primary encouragements to bullies is the reaction that comes from students who are not involved in the harassment, but are simply bystanders. Children who laugh or see the bullying as amusing feed the situation, and that is why it is so vital to have a school program that stresses the correct reaction to harassing events. A great deal of bullying occurs when instructors are not in the area, and student spectators need to report such activity promptly.
If the bully realizes that other students do not approve of or support their intimidation tactics and the other kids rally together in their disapproval, the bully is not encouraged to continue the acts once they see they are the minority and not the other way around.
When Nothing is Done About Bullying
Too often, bullying isn’t considered seriously by teachers or parents who often feel that it is a normal and passing situation that teenagers must suffer through and endure. If the institution and the home do not stand together on bullying, it can evolve into a much worse situation and bullies will become bolder. This leads to school environments that endanger all students because of the desperate acts that can follow.
You don’t have to look far to find reports of violence attributed to high school bullying incidents. Many times the child who is bullied will decide that the only way to stop the abuse is to take matters into his or her own hands. When this occurs, it shows a failure of the system, and everyone in the system has some responsibility in the outcome, which in many cases is often tragic.
Making a positive stand against bullying is important before things get out of hand. The life and well-being of every student is the job of every person in the educational system, and parents are a part of that system, too. Every person can make a difference and take an active part in the control and elimination of bullying in the school system. Looking the other way is not the stance that should be taken.
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