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The affect bullying has on students can be irreparable

By: Cassandra Brown

All around the world, in all types of schools and situations, a very common thing that takes place – bullying. Bullying is the act of intimidating or physically harming another person. Most of the time, victims of bullying are perceived as vulnerable or weak, which makes them targets for bullies. According to stopbulling.org, 1 out of 5 kids are bullied, and every 7 seconds, another child becomes a victim to it. Although there are no laws that make bullying prevention mandatory, some schools do take actions.  There are some techniques that schools try to apply to prevent bullying before it happens, however that does not stop it from affecting a victim. Unfortunately, 5.4 million students skip school at some point due to being bullied while attending. School staff can be trained on how to address bullying, reducing the risk of it getting out of hand. Students can also take minor action to contribute, like reporting bullying and even speaking up for a victim. Bullying can have a huge impact of the mental, physical, and social well-being of the victims. Being involved can cause a child to lack interest in going to school and other public settings. Studies even showed that victims of bullying report frequent sadness, have a hard time sleeping, and suffer from headaches more often that non-victims. A fact that some people may fail to realize is that some bullies are also victims of bullying themselves. Over time, the effects of bullying get heavier and heavier, making it harder to repair. A bully who is also a victim is reported to most commonly be at risk of suicidal thoughts and depression. They feel so socially rejected that they tend to knock others down to make themselves feel better. The major insecurities and low confidence they feel about themselves, it turned into anger and aggression, that they inflict on others as a way of coping. The long-term effects bullying can have on the structure of an individual are critical. Child and teen bullying are a growing problem each and every day but who’s really paying attention?

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