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Journal Writing Project: Bullying

By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying is everywhere we look whether or not we like to admit it or look the other way.

I recently read a story about a young girl, Rebecca, who was taunted and bullied by two other girls until she committed suicide. Rebecca was only 12 years old when she took her own life. The two girls who pushed Rebecca to her breaking point are both being charged with felonies and will serve some time in juvenile prison. Both will not be allowed back into any public schools.

Bullying has always been an issue through the generations, but with the more recent technology it has become easier. Cyber bullying which is bullying over the internet, phone, or other electronic technology has become more popular and seen very often. It is so convenient for kids to go onto Facebook or other social media sites and write rude remarks about other kids. They think it’s funny, they think its okay to make people feel so terrible that they will not even want to live anymore. Cyber bullying is the most popular type of bullying that there is today because kids don’t have to have a face to face confrontation, they can just hide behind their phones and computers.

One in five teenagers say that they have been bullied. Research also shows that school administrators can play a powerful role in bullying prevention. Psychologists say that bullying is caused by a lack of empathy for others. Teachers and parents that teach children empathy towards others reduces the chances of bullying and other kinds of violence. There is always bullying in schools, some of which is so bad that it can makes kids resent their school or not want to go anymore.

Bullying is everywhere whether it is face to face or on the internet. Bullying isn’t “cool” or “impressive”, so if you witness bullying please try to stop it. Parents also need to encourage kids to speak to them if they or someone else is being bullied.

Kaysie Kerns is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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