Bullying in American Schools

Girl being bullied at school. Public Domain- https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-03-04/childrens-issues/new-study-bullying-lasts-a-lifetime/a31114-1

By Dr. David Childs, Ph.D.
Northern Kentucky University

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines bullying as “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger or more powerful.” Furthermore, it can be “prone to or characterized by overbearing mistreatment and domination of others.” The Encyclopedia Britannica defines bullying as “intentional harm-doing or harassment that is directed toward vulnerable targets and typically repeated. Bullying encompasses a wide range of malicious aggressive behaviours, including physical violence, verbal mockery, threats, ostracism, and rumours spread either orally or by other means of communication, such as the Internet.”

Dan Olweus (A Norwegian researcher and psychologist) argues that “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” However some scholars challenge Olweus’ definition because a single act of violence or verbal abuse can cause considerable damage to a person, especially a child going through various stages of development. So therefore, some scholars argue that the incident does not necessarily have to be a repeated behavior in order for it to be bullying. They also go on to argue that “additionally, not all people engaged in this interaction can be categorized as pure bullies or pure victims; research has distinguished a third category of “bully-victims,” that is, young people who are both the bully and the victim. As a result, the website stopbullying.com defines school bullying as “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… In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include an imbalance of power. Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.”

The first known use of the term bully was in 1742 according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Therefore, the idea of bullying has been around for some time. It seems to primarily be associated with schools. In the 1970’s Olweus did significant research in Europe on bullying. Furthermore, the suicide of several victims in 1983 brought even more attention to the subject. In the 1990’s, due to increased school shootings and more suicides related to bullying, much media attention was given to the subject matter.  

There has long been a culture in the US to blame individuals that are being bullied as being a part of the problem. That is, it is thought that the victims’ actions or existence somehow warrant or justify their being bullied. For example, in many late twentieth century films an awkward student that excels in academics but is not good in sports is often targeted, becoming a victim of school bullies. The idea is that if the victim would somehow adopt more socially acceptable behaviors and become more “cool” they would no longer be the recipient of the violence or teasing. Many schools today tend to be a breeding ground for bullying. This culture has taken on a sinister turn, as many of the school shootings have been directly connected to bullying. That is, some of the school shooters have retaliated against their oppressors by resorting to violent resolutions. On the other hand, some of the shooters have been actual bullies themselves. Perhaps they fit the category we have mentioned earlier “bully-victims.” The Encyclopedia Britannica also points out that “A U.S. national study published at the turn of the 21st century documented that bullying and other forms of aggression affected approximately 30 percent, or 5.7 million, middle- to high-school students in the then-current school term.”

In contemporary times bullying has become a hot button issue in the US because of the increase of school shootings and suicides that seem to be directly connected to the phenomenon. Fortunately, many schools and classrooms have adopted anti-bully curriculum, that is often implemented throughout the entire campus. The resources below were identified for educators, to assist them in creating sophisticated and meaningful curricula surrounding bullying.

Curriculum/Lesson Plans

There Are No Bullies Just Children Who Bully—And You Can Help Them

National Bully Prevention Center

30-60 Minute Lesson Plan: Middle and High School, Introduction to Dynamics of Bullying

Week Long Curriculum: Middle and High School, Starting the Discussion Toolkit

Evidence-Based Bullying Programs, Curricula and Practices

Bullying Prevention Program

Violence Prevention Works: Safer Schools, Safer Communities

Open Circle: Getting to the Heart of Learning

PeaceBuilders® Creating Safe, Positive Learning Environments

Safe Schools Ambassador Program

Teaching Students to Prevent Bullying- NEA

Embedding Bully Prevention in Core Curriculum

Bullying Prevention Unit: The Power to Create a Positive School Environment

Safe School

Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior

Middle School Bully- Lesson Plans

Documentaries

“Bully” Award Winning Documentary

Too Scared For School (Bullying Documentary) – Real Stories (British Documentary)

Minnesota Nice? – A Documentary On Bullying And Suicide In Minnesota Schools

The Bully Effect | Stop Bullying: Speak Up | Cartoon Network

References

Bullying defined

Bullying- Encyclopedia Britannica

Bullying- Wikipedia

What is Bullying- Stop Bullying.gov

Dealing with Bullying

Bullying- Psychology Today

Stomp Out Bullying: Change the Culture

Bullying Facts, Statistics, Prevention and Effects

Discussion Questions

1. What are resources from above that might be most helpful to you?
2. Were you ever a victim of bullying in your own schooling experience? How was it handled, if at all?
3. What did you learn from your experience with bullying?
4. As a teacher have you witnessed bullying in your school? How has your school handled it?
5. What are strategies you have implemented to curtail bullying?
6. Do you think bullying is handled properly in US schools? Is it taken seriously enough? Why or why not?

70 Comments

  1. Bullying is something that is seen everyday in schools. From what I have seen most schools are finally taking a step in the right direction to add more rules and punishments for bullies. They are also starting to talk more about it with students which I think helps the ones who are being bullied feel more comfortable to talk about their experiences and get help if they need it. Bullying does not just happen to the weak and unpopular anymore and it also doesn’t just stay within schools walls. The popularity of social media has made bullying a lot worse than it worse a couple of years ago.

  2. When I was in middle school I was bullied and not lightly. I was in the 8th grade, and it was a group of girls I was bullied by and I once called them my best friends. We all had science together and we would eat lunch together and I thought everything was great. One day these group of girls that I thought were my friends began to turn against me. They ignored me, in class they would say hurtful things and it let to one girl eventually shoving me into a pile of desks asking why I began spreading rumors about her. I most definitely was not doing that, and this girl was a bit heavier and I was a tiny thing so I had no way to even defend myself. Luckily a teacher saw it and she was sent to the principle. She got a slap on the wrist and was just pulled out of the class I had with her for a couple days. All the trauma I went through with this group of girls has led me to suffer from anxiety and depression and now I have to live with this everyday. It came down to my mom having to pull me out of the class and I had to switch a couple classes around so I was not around these girls.
    Do I think bullying is handled properly in schools? Most absolutely not. The girl trying to fight me got a slap on the wrist. One of the girls that bullied me had gotten bullied in high school and she committed suicide. That could have been me, but I didn’t go that far. What did the school do after the suicide of this girl? Nothing, nothing happened. There needs to be rules made in schools about bullying and actions need to be taken. This is not a topic that I take lightly.

  3. Bullying is a very important issue in today’s school culture, while also being a difficult problem to address. While I never personally experienced much bullying while I was in middle and high school, I have observed it happen to other people. Sometimes the bully doesn’t know he/she is being a bully (rough, physical behavior can sometimes be misinterpreted as a threat, particularly with larger children). In these cases, the child should be pulled aside, and told what constitutes acceptable behavior and what doesn’t. However, there are also occasions where the child is very clearly attempting to embarrass or humiliate other children, which is unacceptable behavior. At this point, significant disciplinary action should be taken – simply suspending them for a few days likely won’t solve anything.

    Children need to be made aware of how their actions affect other people – serious bullying can cause the victims to turn to suicide, or may cause them to inflict harm on other people to take out their anger (school shootings). This applies to social media bullying as well as physical bullying – with the introduction of social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, you don’t even need to be in the same room as another student in order to bully them.

    While bullying tends to be rampant in today’s school environment, schools seem to be implementing strict anti-bullying rules, and giving teachers tools to help inform their students about the dangers and side effects of bullying. Hopefully, the problem will be at least partially resolved for future generations of children.

  4. Dr. Childs has provided a lot of good information regarding bullying in this article including the References and Documentaries. I would definitely be interested in watching the documentary title “Bully” since it has won an award(s). When I was in middle school, I would have to wait at the bus stop by myself as I was the only child in the neighborhood. Sometimes, this mean little boy that lived a few blocks away would come to my bus stop if he missed his scheduled pick up. He often verbally bullied/abused me calling me “fat” and I was a chubby little girl but growing up in the 1970’s, I didn’t know what bullying meant. I never told anyone. One day, during the winter, he threw a snowball at me, which had a rock inside of it. Clocked me between the eyes and made me bleed. I went to school anyways and never told. I remember being called fat many times growing up but I never went to my parents or school authorities about it; I guess I just thought it was okay since it was true. I do think that the issue of bullying has become more prominent over the past decade as Dr. Childs points out and I would hope that the schools and parents are addressing the issue appropriately. I don’t have any children myself, so have not really engaged in what is or isn’t been done in the school system regarding this issue. A couple of weeks ago, my 6-year-old nephew cut his hair; when asked why he did such a thing, he said that the kids at school told him his hair was funny looking. I thought to myself, please don’t tell me that a 6-year-old is being bullied. Hopefully for the sake of our kids, our society, this malicious act (bullying) will be stopped.

  5. I really enjoyed this article and the way that it presented the topic of bullying. I found that the information presented to be both easy to read and very informative, and it was presented in a very formal way. When I was in high school I was a victim of bullying I felt like no one around me liked or even cared about me. I am very glad to see that the issue is being taken seriously. It also makes me happy that there are resources provided to help educators learn about and even help solve this very series issue. It is nice to know that schools are taking steps to solve this very serious problem.

  6. I am inclined to agree that there is a problem with “bullying” within schools. For whatever reason, children are mean. However, I have a problem with the stopbullying.com definition which mentions “a real or perceived power imbalance.” This is very subjective. What is to stop a child from using this definition to do harm to another? Children, as they grow and develop, seem to find ways to get out of trouble or get out of responsibilities. What is to say they couldn’t just say “It seems like I’m being bullied.” Adults want to protect children, and considering we are a society that loves retribution, there is a possibility that a child could be wrongly accused of bullying. The implications of this on an innocent child can be as detrimental as the bullying itself.
    To be clear, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t strive to end bullying. I am only saying we need to avoid knee-jerk reactions when dealing with accusations. Get all the information then address the problem.

  7. this article is really insightful because this is something that people deal with all the time. Seeing that I am going into the teaching profession it is important to know what bullying can be and how it can affect people. It also important to know how to handle it. it hard to tell at times what can be considered bulling a person and when it is right to intervene. this article is really helpful to teachers so they have a better understanding and I am glade to know that it is here for people to better informed

  8. this article was very helpful to me and i am happy to know that it is here for people so that they can be better informed on the matter. it can be hard at times to know when to intervene and stop something before it starts. going into the teaching profession this article really gives me an insight on things that I had not know before. this can be a very serious topic and it important to be knowledgeable on the matter and this article helps you get to the point when you are aware of the situation and have and idea on how to solve it

  9. I was bullied from First grade, yes first grade, all the way up through sixth grade until I got to the point where I wasn’t doing my homework and I kept getting detentions and by my second suspension I was pulled out of school. I did online learning for a few years until my family moved to Kentucky my eighth grade year. It was that year, I had to write an essay stating whether I thought that if everyone wore a school uniform there would be not as much bullying. Considering I came from a Private school, I did have to wear uniform and I looked like everyone else, but I was always kicked out of groups. Even if you fall in with the crowd, there is still a chance of getting bullied. Don’t be the bystander, step in and be the friend. I don’t think that teachers know exactly how to handle bullying, but neither does anyone else. If having uniform schools wont work, then is it an issue that we can completely get rid of?

  10. I cannot speak on the prevalence of bullying in American schools today, but when I was in elementary and middle school, bullying ran rampant. I do not agree with Dan Olweus when he defines bullying as repeated abuse. I think that one single occurrence can act as bullying. Having the standard for bullying to be repeated abuse is very dangerous, as even one occurrence of abuse can be extremely detrimental to a child’s mental and physical health. Reframing the definition of bullying to allow it to include single instances will let schools be more strict in their punishment of bullying and also allow students to come forward when they have experienced bullying one time and not twenty. Bullying is extremely traumatic, especially for adolescents who have self-esteem issues and do not know how to respond to their emotions. Bullying should never bet taken lightly.

  11. Unfortunately, this article is on something I know all too well, and when reading it, I became angered by Dan Olweus’ definition on bullying as repeated abuse. This is dangerous and allows for repeat offenses and we know what can happen to a child who endures abuses. Bullying is a truly terrifying thing, it can lead to self-harm, suicide or school shootings which we’ve seen a lot lately. On top of the physical and emotional abuse, social media has also recently been added to the mix of bullying, and due to being able to do it hiding behind a screen, it’s picking up.
    On the more positive side of this, it’s comforting to see many schools nowadays providing information and resources about bullying, though this should have happened a long time ago. Its great they are really starting to teach children how their actions affect others and help those who have been bullied by providing them with safe environments to talk about their experiences and be provided with help and protection. Better late than never.

  12. Democracy and Me Article Response
    Bullying in American Schools
    With societies refusal to see mental health as important factor of overall well being will we ever stop bullying? If mental health professionals were brought into the school system as support to children, could this have an impact on the bullying problem in american schools? It is a preventative approach that could possibly identify mental instabilities and treat before actions are taken out on other kids. Could there be a relation between the psychology of a child and the child that resorts to bullying? Anti-Bullying Alliance states that “some young people are bullied as a result of their mental health issues; and some young people develop mental health issues as a consequence of being bullied” (anti-bullyingalliance.org, 2017). No matter what end the child falls on, the bully or the victim, psychology seems to play a part. Therefore, maybe pushing mental health into the school system should be a change made in the future to better the children’s social interactions.

    Reference
    National Childrens Burea, (2017, April 18). Mental Health. Retrieved on May 26, 2019 from https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/all-about-bullying/mental-health

  13. Bullying is, obviously, very prevalent in today’s society. I, for one, think that most of the issues with bullying stem from socialization. Most victims seem to fall outside of the societal norm. People have taught their children that if someone doesn’t fit in with the status quo, that they aren’t enough. The idea that everyone should fit in a certain mold has ruined society as a whole. Socialization forces individuals to suppress their true selves for fear of bullying. Instead of learning about others and their likes and talents, we would rather ridicule because we don’t understand why they aren’t the same as everyone else.

  14. I really enjoyed this article, the main reason is because I have had some trouble with my brother being bullied and he is only in the third grade. This is very hard for some people to see because in my brothers case he can’t talk so he couldn’t tell his teacher. When he came home from school he was crying and having a hard night and I felt so bad I talked to him and asked him what happened when he told me what happened. My mom emailed the teacher and it was not addressed until the next day but some kids don’t have a great support system so this could go unnoticed.

  15. I really enjoyed this article. Being bullied myself at a young age this article hit home for me. When I was in elementary school I was a victim of bullying, I felt so alone. No one around me liked me. I am very glad that now-a-days this issue is being taken more seriously and punishments are more severe. My school took the issues seriously and took action to solve the problems.

  16. Bullying is definitely portrayed as a big issue in today’s society of the youth. I do think a lot of children are uneducated on what bullying really is. In the movies and promotional videos, bullying is always shown in a physical manner like pushing or in a verbal manner like “You’re ugly.” While these are both examples of bullying, this is not the type of bullying we see in the schools today. Today we see things like exclusion, making fun of kids, etc. Often children don’t really know if they are being a bully or just being themselves. Personally, I think students by the age of middle school should be taught more to stick up for themselves and ignore people because when they become adults, that’s all they really can do. Instead of teaching students what bullying is and what to do if it happens to you, teach them how to respond to it and I believe the bullying in schools would stop.

  17. Looking back through my years of schooling, I will tell you that I never have many friends. With that being said I also understood that having a seizure disorder made me very different because younger kids can’t wrap their heads around certain things. I was excluded from so many activities and from then I learned to be independent at a very young age. Bullying can happen in the most settle of ways, like Bri said, one of the biggest and most seen form of bullying today is exclusion. As future educators, we need to talk to our kids about why this is wrong and how we can fix it. There is such an amazing feeling when you are finally included in something and I think that more children deserve to have that feeling. Kindness takes so little effort to give but it also can mean so much to recive.

  18. This article shares a very controversial and important topic of school bullying. School bullying is very mainstream and has extended to social media as well. I specifically liked the quote: “As a result, the website stopbullying.com defines school bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Technically students should be equal in an education setting but often with social groups, it creates a power imbalance among peers. I also like the Safe Schools Ambassador Program because it provides training to students on how to appropriately combat/prevent bullying. I work in a summer camp and I see many children who are unsure of how to deal with minor social problems that bloom into a confrontation. So programs like Safe Schools Ambassador Program are much needed.

  19. Bullying is such a huge issue in our world today. It isn’t like the movies where there is a nerdy kid and mean older boys.. bullying is much more than that. Not only can you do the bullying in person but you can also do it over the internet. Cyberbullying happen every single day to tons of people. I think children need to be aware of this issue starting at a young age and need to be taught what bullying really is. We will never be able to get rid of bullying all together but I think we can help children be aware of it as a young age and telll them things they can do to help prevent bullying or where to go to get help.

  20. I found the concept of a bully-victim to be new and refreshing to me and to fill a void that needed to be filled. Many times the victim is not purely innocent like the scenario sometimes can suggest, they too have made mean comments possibly about the bully and the bully in that situation is just retaliating. This terms shows the shades of grey on the idea of bullying and makes you think how when dealing with a bullying situation, that sometimes it might be efficient to also question if the victim is innocent or if they bullied the bully themselves. There are three sides to every situation.

  21. Bullying has always been something that has been a very talked about topic around kids and teenagers. This topic has gotten worse throughout the years. It is a big problem in schools that leads to very sad outcomes. I do think that many schools are working to fix the problem, but then there are many people who don’t see it as a problem. I agree with your statement about in our culture people blame the individuals that are being bullied as the problem. I have heard and seen many people believing this. People need to continue to work towards fixing this problem to help these kids. The outcomes of these situations are devastating and need to be fixed.

  22. As someone who was bullied in middle school I really enjoyed reading this article and hearing the different definitions. At my middle school bullying was not taken seriously, especially in my case. My guidance counselors assumed people were exaggerating events most of the time and never truly looked into bully claims/situations. The next year at my middle school they finally began to take bullying seriously but unfortunately this was only after one student in my grade took their own life.
    I personally think that schools are making good progress but not enough progress. Students can be so heavily impacted by bullying especially when it is repeated for long periods of time. Mental health is something that needs to be taken much more seriously and starting at a young age is important. Learning good mental health care habits from a young age can set routines for a lifetime that help individuals to grow and be healthy mentally.

  23. This article brings some fascinating information that I had no prior knowledge of. I had no idea that the term bullying has been around since the 1700’s, I’ve often had this mindset that this was something that started in the 70’s and 80’s. One thing that I have noticed as a young adult who recently graduated from high school is that physical bullying has possibly taken a backseat to cyber bullying. With amazing technology advancements, there becomes flaws within those advancements, and unfortunately cyber bullying is one of them. It’s important to remind ourselves as future educators that bullying takes various forms, and we must be alert for the safety of our students and ourselves.

  24. I think it’s interesting to read about the numerous definitions of bullying from various sources. I feel like bullying can often be misinterpreted and is hard to put a definition on. I agree with the definition stopbullying.com provides, however I don’t think a behavior should have to be repeated. Like Olweus discussed, a single instance can cause trauma to a person and therefore should fall under the category of mistreatment or domination. Looking at the first date the term bullying was used, 1742, kind of took me back for a second. Although I’m aware of how common and predominant this issue has become, I never really thought of how long it’s truly been around. For decades people, especially children in schools, have dealt with bullying. It makes me sad to think about the percentage of students who have experienced bullying and as a future teacher I know the power I have to change this statistic. By creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, I can instill friendship and empathy in my students, which may help the stigma that schools are a “breeding ground for bullying”. If all teachers thought this way and truly tried to implement or focus on the anti-bully curriculum, there could potentially be less suicides or school shootings. As a future teacher, I want to use the information from this article and other sources to shape my classroom into a place that discusses anti-bullying and truly pushes to end the school stigma.

  25. I like the resource of a lesson plan on bullying being taught in the classroom. As I have learned, middle school students face bullying on a wider range. I believe have candid discussions about bullying may aid in ceasing bullying throughout our school systems. When I become an educator, I will be open with my students and inform them that I have been a victim of bullying before. I believe having transparence with students will allow them to feel more comfortable sharing their own experiences. When I become a middle school teacher, I will have 0 tolerance for bullying in my classroom or throughout my school. Students are committing suicide at alarming rates due to bullying. I believe that schools are making an effort to stop bullying but we’re living in the age of technology which makes it harder to contain bullying.

  26. Bullying has always, and always will be an issue in schools. Its seen everywhere. It happens to many children everyday, and often goes unnoticed by teachers unless students who are bullied feel comfortable telling them. Bullying is even worse now with social media available. Students can now bully online. So if a student is bullied at school, it doesn’t just have to stop there anymore. Some children are bullied around the clock and don’t have a safe place away from it.

  27. When I was growing up, bullying was almost described to me as some sort of rite that everyone went through. It was present in the television shows I watched as a youth, and it was present thoughout my schools. Social media has enhanced bullying in ways that many adults do not yet understand. People aren’t comically being shoved into lockers anymore. They are being dehumanized sometimes anonymously, and almost nowhere is considered safe. Unfortunately, students will not feel safe within school, and teachers need to make their classroom an environment that is both tolerant and welcoming.

  28. Bullying has been an issue that continues to arise more and more today, especially in schools and on online social media sites. I have seen it first-hand multiple times. I do believe though that we are more aware of bullying today than ever before. Curriculum was provided throughout my educational career to inform us on what bullying is and what to do if you ever see someone being bullied. When it comes to determining whether or not something is classified as bullying, I personally am someone who would challenge Olewus definition. I believe that a single act of violence or verbal abuse can cause considerable damage to a person, especially a child going through various stages of development.

  29. Bullying has become a serious issue over the years and seems to be only getting worse. With social media becoming more popular it is becoming easier for bullies to follow their victims everywhere. Our phones are always with us and those hurtful post/messages etc are right at our fingertips. I have not been bullied but I have seen others be bullied. It is hurtful to walk the halls of today’s schools and hear how the students talk to each other.

  30. I really like this article about bullying. I think bullying is something that needs to be a heavier subject from early grades on. It should not be something that is taken lightly by any means or argued about by definitions. Bullying is bullying and there should not be any excuses for it. Bullying happens in every school whether teachers, principals, staff, parents, or even children realize it. It needs to be taught and brought to the attention of students more than it is in schools today.

  31. As a future educator, a heavy focus of my teaching philosophy is to prevent bullying in my classroom, and also outside of it. I have had my theories about how children who are bullied move on by later bullying others because they want to get their power back. I was not aware of the term “bully-victims” until I read this article, but I’m glad that this consideration is being addressed. Another form of bully-victim I have seen is when a child bullies someone or a group of people, and instead of that person falling victim, they turn around and bully the child who was bullying them. I am a firm advocate for not tolerating mistreatment from another person, however, there is a fine line between standing up for yourself positively and negatively mistreating someone right back. I believe that teaching children how to distinguish between productive and counterproductive ways to stand up for themselves is a beneficial place to start in the fight against bullying.

  32. Bullying has been a hot topic for a while now with the surges in school shootings and student suicides. I really don’t agree with Dan Olweus’s definition of bullying as it implies that bullying can only occur if a certain aggressive or harmful behavior is repeated to one person over time. This definition ignores the possibility that students can be negatively impacted by events that typically don’t repeat themselves. Overall, I quite liked how this article did include other definitions for bullying and some of the criticisms for them. I also found it interesting that US culture tends to place the blame on those who are being bullied, rather than the bullies. Before reading this article I never realized that movies, especially older ones, tend to portray the “nerds” in the movies as more deserving of being bullied because of their interests or academics.

  33. Bullying has been a big problem especially in schools. I’ve personally been bullied in middle school and it is a terrible feeling and can really mess with children’s minds. I believe that schools/people need to take more of an action and do something about it. Although we think bullying happens to just children, it can happen with adults too. I strongly think that in todays society, social media plays a big part in the bullying that is happening. No one should have to be afraid to be themselves or have to worry that they are going to school and going to get bullied. As a future educator, I will do my best to make a bully-free and safe atmosphere.

  34. Bullying is no new thing in society, and it is prevalent in the United States. People are finally starting to believe and understand the effects that bullying has on victims, as we see increases in suicides and shootings, and schools are trying to take an anti-bullying policy in their schools. Unfortunately, this is still not enough for some and bullying still occurs today as students focus too much on their differences rather than their similarities. Some programs have made progress with concepts where uniqueness is treasured and acts of kindness can cause chain reactions. Refocusing society towards this way of thinking will take time, but any progress is good progress.

  35. It gives me a sense of peace as a future educator seeing the efforts school systems are showing towards preventing bullying. One of my biggest goals as a teacher is to make sure each individual student in my classroom feels supported and loved. If a student in my classroom is a victim of bullying and I was unaware, I would feel like I failed as a teacher. I have personally experienced being a victim of bullying, as well as watched people who I am close to being a victim of bullying. I will make extensive efforts to promote anti-bullying in my future classroom and school.

  36. Overall, I believe this article covers an important topic that needs to continually be addressed in schools. I do not agree that bullying is repeated abuse. I believe bullying is something that can happen to someone just one time and cause damage. It is important to teach students about bullying and what it sounds like and looks like. I believe it is also important to teach students that you can disagree with, or simply just not like someone without bullying them. It is very possible to teach students to respectfully disagree or come to terms with the fact that they will not like every person they meet but they can still definitely be respectful to them. I like that this article has resources to use to teach students about bullying and how to help put a stop to it. In my future classroom, I am definitely going to work to prevent bullying so that my students feel safe and can learn.

  37. As someone who was bullied all through elementary and middle school, I believe an anti-bully curriculum would be beneficial, but so would more discipline towards those who are bullying. I think bullying is a big problem in schools today and I believe every school should be required to have an anti-bully curriculum. Bullying can happen in-person or online now too, it could happen at school or away from school at a social setting. I think the curriculum would help inform students what to do if they see someone getting bullied and not be a bystander.

  38. Bullying in American Schools was well worth the read. I completely agree with the scholars who argue that it doesn’t have to be repeated behaviors for it to be bullying. I think any negative comment or behavior toward a child can harm them in ways we don’t fully understand. I hear stories from people all the time who have some sort of horrifying experience from school or growing up that they have never forgotten and changed them in some way. I think that anti-bullying curriculum should be taught by every teacher, everywhere. This article has some amazing resources attached. There is no excuse for this behavior to continue on, students need to know bullying isn’t cool.

  39. 5. Bullying in American Schools
    Author: David Childs
    Response: I believe that this is a really good blog topic because it talks about an important matter that should be put to a stop in the future. Not only for the kids being bullied is it bad for, but also the bullyer. I believe that Kids who bully are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems and violence later in adolescence and adulthood. As a student and growing up in a school environment, I have been a victim of bullying and I have also been a bystander of bullying. Growing up I learned that being there for someone or helping them can actually put a stop to it, so growing up I would always stand up for those who had problems trying to stand up for themselves. Having conversations with students about their experiences with bullying and really listening to them is a crucial step in stemming bullying. The impact of bullying can be far-reaching. So I really appreciated this blog in a personal manner.

  40. Bullying is something common found in many schools, but should not be. The impact that it has on the victim can be absolutely heartbreaking and can lead to extreme measures. I wasn’t aware of the several definitions of bullying, but I understood the meaning. I don’t think you have to be bullied several times for it to be considered bullying because just one time can really effect a person. Many say that people who bully could be going through something. Maybe their home life, etc. Bullying is a serious thing that should be ended, but still seems to be more common than it should.

  41. There are many forms of bullying. Bullying is a huge issue in today’s school system. Not only is there verbal bullying there is also cyber bullying. Since social media is such a huge part in today’s society it increases the online bulling you see. A lot of times a child can go to school and get bullied just to go home and be attacked online. After being in the school system for a few years, I see first hand the bullying which is happening. The school systems does a good job in stopping bullying when they see/hear it, however they don’t see it right away. As a future educator I will try my best to talk to my students about bullying and try to prevent it.

  42. Bullying has always been very prevalent in schools across the whole world. The definition of bullying is a very tough one however. Often times you see parents ranting on Facebook or other social media sites about how their kid was bullied but the school wouldn’t do anything about it. Since I am going into the field of education I do realize how hard it is to classify bullying. Parents also see their kids as the angel in every situation. Sometimes it can be a case of bullying-victim, the parent just doesn’t see the bullying side because their kid is also a victim. While this is the case, I do think it is hard for schools to crack down on bullying. Social media makes it so much easier for bullies to target kids. When a situation like this occurs, the child often keeps all of the posts/texts to themselves until it becomes too extreme. This is often where we see children committing suicide because the online bullying was unknown to the adults. I do think that having anti-bullying programs in schools can help other students witnessing this know how to handle the situation and bring the issue to an adult. As a future educator I can only hope that I am able to reassure my students that I am someone to talk to about these instances.

  43. This article in particular was very interesting as some types of bullying, whether that is verbal or physical, happens in every school and perhaps every classroom. The lesson plans listed at the bottom of the article are important because they range from preschool to high school, whereas when I was in middle school is when I started to see it more often. The Bullying Prevention Program website has a lesson plan for preschoolers all the way up to high school and I believe this is important to start teaching the children young because bullying is starting in earlier grades and social media is also adding to the pressure. As I have been observing in many school bullying is taken more serious now which means that bullying is becoming more secretive and teachers may not be able to see or hear what is happening.

  44. I was a victim of bullying in elementary, middle, and some of high school. I tried many things to make the bullying stop. In elementary, the other students made fun of everything I said, so I stopped talking. This didn’t help, they made fun of everything I did, they made gagging noises when I passed them in the hall and they sprayed anything I touched with disinfectant. Surprisingly, the teachers did not notice. Eventually, I spoke up and told my home room teacher what was happening. The students that bullied me had their parents called and I heard that they got grounded, but once again, the bullying didn’t stop. I’m not sure what else could have been done in that situation. Perhaps the teacher could have spoken to the class about bullying or told the principal about my situation. I just dealt with it until it naturally started to fade.

    As a person who was bullied, I have issues with some of the definitions of bullying above. First, Merriam- Webster and The Encyclopedia Britannica both say that victims of bullying are vulnerable. I do not believe that I was any more vulnerable than any other student. I wasn’t shy or especially awkward. To this day I still do not know why I was always a target. I do not think that students who are bullied are vulnerable, I think they are just different from the other students in some way that the other students don’t like. Another point I would like to make about the definitions is that I do not think the repetition of the bullying is very important to the definition of bullying. I would probably fall on the side that believes that bullying is a repeated behavior, and use a different term for single aggressive or abusive interactions between students, but I think there are more important parts of the definition to focus on like the imbalance of power, and aggressive/abusive behavior.

    As a future educator, I think one of the best ways to stop bullying comes before the fact, not after. I believe that teachers and schools need to set up an environment where students feel safe and know that those types of behaviors have serious consequences. I would like to see schools teaching kindness and respect rather than focusing on anti- bullying programs and policies. I think schools should focus on the positive rather than reacting to the negative when it comes to bullying. No bullying prevention tactic will work 100% of the time, but creating a positive environment for students has the potential to stop the problem before it starts.

  45. From when I was last in school bullying has become more of a problem. I didn’t think that that was something that could happen, but with the introduction of smart phones and social media, bullying has become even more present. Cyber bullying gives children, and even adults, ways to send hurtful messages to their peers without any immediate repercussions. This gives them a way to hide behind a screen and be able to say mean things. I don’t know how to solve this issue, and I don’t know if anyone else does, but I think that if we were all a little nicer to each other that that would go a long way.
    I do enjoy the fact that schools nowadays are taking a stand against bullying. I think that schools implementing an anti-bullying curriculum is going to be a great thing for future classes, and hopefully more schools will adopt this curriculum for the safety and happiness of future students.

  46. The resources from above that might help me in the future are the curriculum/ lesson plans pertaining to middle school and creating a safe school.
    I was never a victim of bullying in my own school, but I did see how bullying was handled at my school. I learned that the bully is hurting and that is why the bully hurts the victim.
    I do not think bullying is being handled properly in US schools. It is not taken seriously enough. There is a continuous pattern of bullying being repeated. The students are really the only people who can stop this pattern and they need to stop the cycle before it continues too long. Social media and the internet has created way too many issues in recent years and if that was reduced any amount and used responsibly, we would have a better environment for students to learn and communicate with their peers. Conversation gets lost in translation over technology far too many times. The youth of our nation needs to know how to look another person in the eyes and have a structured conversation.

  47. Bullying was taken very seriously in my school district, but only when reported. Many kids in my school were too scared to report their incidences, in fear that it would only get worse. While I was fortunate enough to never have been bullied, I know people that did. I believe our first step in taking action against bullying is finding the root of the problem in the bully itself. It could be the desire for attention, if they don’t get enough at home, or it could come from behaviors they learned from violence while growing up. As a future educator, I strive to be the confidant in those being bullied, and those doing the bullying. Our education system could do better in preventing it, and handling it when it arises.

  48. This article primarily focuses on bullying that happens in schools but I think it should be noted that bullying is not an inherent behavior rather a learned one. Parents are often a child’s first bullies. This behavior results in the bullied becoming the bully as well. Additionally, if kids feel like those in close proximity to them aren’t supportive or demonstrative of unconditional love then have no place where they feel safe and secure – a basic human need. And even though schools are taking proactive measures to ensure that schools are safe environments for children, if the home situation does not change then there will never be an evident change in the cycle as well. And nowadays the only reason that people talk about taking a stand against bullying is because of the rise in the number of bullying related shootings. But there are also a large number of victims that don’t grow up to be school shooters but grow up with severe social anxieties that hinder them from having a stable future.

  49. Bullying is a very real problem schools face. I know for me personally elementary and middle school were some of the worst times of my life because of the horrific things bullies did, and as a result I struggle today with anxiety and depression. Schools are not doing enough. Most say they have adopted “anti-bullying” policies, they do not follow them or they simply do not do enough. Another factor about bullying that needs to be talked about more is the long term effects, such as anxiety and depression. Many bullied kids do not receive the help they need after traumatic events and it haunts them all their lives, which prohibits a stable future. I believe schools should do more to help the children being effected by this horrible phenomenon.

  50. Bullying is a problem all around the world. Whether it be in person or on social media it is a serious issue that needs to be looked upon more often. I personally feel that there are many incidents regarding bullying that nobody hears about or kids keep to themselves but it is something that needs to be spoken on.

  51. I think it is safe to say that bullying occurs at almost every school in America at some point in time. Schools all across America have the power to stop it. If schools begin to punish the bully’s and support the victims I feel like bullying in schools would become a lot less common.
    Another form of bullying that is really taking form now is bullying on social media, also known as cyber bullying. It is almost as if the students can never escape it. Kids can now be bullied all day while at school, and that bullying can continue once they get home online. As you can imagine this would be overwhelming for anyone to handle, especially for children who are at the most crucial developmental stages at their lives. I know there are schools who claim they cannot do anything about cyber bullying since it does not happen on school grounds, but this needs to stop.
    There needs to be an absolute zero tolerance for bullying and schools need to be there for their students no matter if the bullying is happening on school grounds or not. Only then will all students feel as comfortable as they can coming to school,

  52. Bullying has been around for years and the idea of bullying won’t ever change. In fact, it might just become more prevalent with all of the social media that teenagers have. It’s easier for a bully to say hateful things online. We are also very connected on these media platforms and anyone can message anyone from all parts of the world. Technology has many advances, but I would definitely say that cyber-bullying is one of the disadvantages to media. Are there steps we can take to changing these behaviors and actions that constitute as bullying? One thing that we can do individually is become more conscious of how words and violence can effect us. We also could speak up for others we see being attacked. If there is a situation where you can either involve someone else or get involved, you should take that opportunity. As stated in the passage, some kids bully others so they aren’t the target of bullying. If we change our perception and realize how serious bullying can be, maybe that will lessen the odds of bullying. I wish that schools and authorities took bullying more seriously because it can cause genuine harm.

  53. I’ll admit that schools and outside activities like clubs and sports weren’t easy for me. I was born with severe hearing loss which I now have had surgeries to try correct it but growing up wasn’t easy because even though I can now hear, I have speech issues. I was in speech therapy all the way until 6th grade because I begged my parents not to be the weird kid who gets pulled out of class and doesn’t talk in front of the class. I was bullied not only in elementary but all through middle and high school all because I messed up on pronunciation, and I can get a stutter when I become overwhelmed, tired, or nervous. bullying has become a greater issue because people can now do it behind locked doors through an unknown user on a social media platform. Bullying is a real issue in schools and is something that needs to be talked about and resolved.

  54. Even though many do not like to acknowledge bullying, it is present in many aspects of life especially in schools liked mentioned in the post. I especially liked how the post touched on the idea of the “bully-victims” idea. In my opinion, I agree that many bullies are the result of being a victim. There is a chance that when someone is being bullied, they feel like they have the right to bully someone “below” them on the social chain. They may use that as an outlet for their pain due to the bullying they’re receiving. I believe it is important for educators to be prepared to handle situations related to this issue because not only does this effect the wellbeing of the student, but it also effects the entire learning environment.

  55. Bullying is something that can be seen in schools all over. As a future teacher I want my students to get along, so my classroom to feel like a community. Bullying is something that shouldn’t be tolerated at schools. Schools and teachers are shaping the minds of the students and if the schools just let it slide, then students might see nothing wrong with it. It can be hard to find solutions, but something has to be done. I think it is important to address the topic of bullying in the beginning of each school year. This will set the expectations of the students. I also think that if bullying happens at any time, then afterwards it needs to be addressed in the classroom/school why it’s not okay. This article is very informational and the lessons are perfect to teach my future classes.

  56. I choose to read this article because I wanted to see what bullying was like in more modern times than when I was in school. I was often bullied while in school due to my weight. This didn’t really happen until I was in middle school and in high school. I feel that no matter where you go to school around the country there will be some form of bullying. Same goes for all the programs schools hold to stop bullying or no matter how much they encourage “no bullying”.
    Through my experience within the schools as a teacher I have seen several different instances that would be characterized as bullying. At one point in time I didn’t know if it was right of me to say anything to the students within the situation, but I have now realized that it is encouraged to say something no matter who you are. Just recently I had a group of girls exclude one because she didn’t have something that all of them did. I looked at all the girls in the group to think about how they would feel if they were in her position and that it wasn’t fair to treat others different just because they may be different or may not have something that others do. Within in my classroom I will always make it a point to make sure my students have a happy and safe environment they can come to. At the beginning of the year there will be relationships established with not only the students and myself but the students as a whole. Throughout the year if they students need reminders we can and will have lessons on the subject. This could also be a good way to use social studies and do comparing and contrasting activities that have to with bullying in the past (ex- Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, the Mississippi Boycotts).
    In the US I feel that bullying is addressed but that it is not implemented as well as it should be. There need to be more programs held at the schools to help teach students that it isn’t ok to day and that it could be a matter of life or death for some students. They may see that it happens and or do the bullying but there are very few punishments for students and if they are punished it doesn’t stick with them. Overall I feel that there are not enough ways to help or stop bullying within the schools.

  57. I think the most important part that I got out of this article was understanding that no matter what the definition of Bullying you’re using it all comes down to the same result: inflicting harm upon someone else. I think as a society we have not even scraped the surface of the long-term effects that bullying has not just on a person, but on a large-scale of individuals that make us that society. Since we are in fact, living in a society in which bullying is normalized, or as some people would say it is “not a big deal”, or “just a joke”. So what will be the result of years and years of inflicted pain upon an entire generation? That we will find out.

  58. Bullying is a very serious and common thing heard around the world. Education tends to be home to the root of bullying and as a future secondary teacher I won’t let bullying occur in my classroom. At the very beginning of the year it would be very beneficial to teach about bullying, show means for help, etc. Of the resources from above, the documentaries are things that would be most helpful to me; many students are visual learners and when they see something explained they grasp the concept a lot better. I would show these videos to my classes and have them watch what bullying can do to other people. I was personally never a victim of bullying in my own schooling experience. While I wasn’t bullied that doesn’t mean that others in my school were not being bullied; one thing I learned by watching it happen to others is how crucial adult intervention is for both parties. Discipline should be given to those who bully and has a teacher I have seen different types of bullying in my school. My school uses discipline as well as communication to handle each situation; being able to talk to both parties and understand what is happening will ultimately give teachers a better outlook on what to do. Some strategies that I will implement to curtail bullying is setting a no bullying expectation at the beginning of the year. Now this doesn’t mean reading it on the syllabus, but enforcing/discussing what it means to be a bully and why it will not happen. Another strategies that I might implement is a consequences policy that explains what will happen to those who bully. There are many different opinions on bullying in education, but it needs to be taken seriously because students are taking their lives over what others have doing to them. I think that US schools need to take bullying even more serious and the past few years things have gotten a little better. Bullying is a very serious topic and I personally know I will do my best to set a very high expectation of no bullying in my future classroom.

  59. This article is not only relevant but enlightening. I thought it was very insightful where it was mentioned that scholars argue that behaviors do not have necessarily have to be repeated in order to be considered bullying. I agree with this statement because I think often what is considered “bullying” is aggressive or malicious, intended behavior. I don’t agree that this is always the case, I believe bullying can also be implicit as well. Some kids may think they are teasing around or making light, but others on the receiving end of the “teasing” may not feel the same way. I think that the best way as an educator, parent, guardian, etc. to deal with bullying or any hurtful commentary/actions is to find the root of the problem right then and there, by creating safe environments for children to feel free to share their concerns. It is also so beneficial to find out why the child who is causing the hurtful behavior is doing so. As well as to talk with the child that was hurt by the actions and to find out more about why it was hurtful to them.
    I think that often bullying is overlooked because teachers may not have the time to correct the behaviors, may not see it, or just let it slide. Something vital we all need to avoid in not only education, but society is choosing sides and making one party feel dismissed and not having validation. When this happens it only allows for resentment and pent up anger to keep building.
    In addition, to these comments I think it is also very interesting when we talk about bullying how many people feel they were bullied. I know I have instances of being bullied that I can remember. That is what is so intriguing, is anyone who is bullied still remembers it to this day, even as adults. So, imagine what it is like for students who are not able to overcome what was done to them. I also think that each of us is probably also guilty of having bullied at one point in time, whether we realize it or not. I am sure that in life we have all said hurtful things to others that we may or may not have intended to say. That is why as a society we need to look at ourselves for the actions other humans are also capable of doing and try our best to not become those bad behaviors. Going back to the old saying treat others the way you want to be treated.” Reading this article shed light on the fact that bullying during adolescence is even more difficult because children are still growing and developing. It is worth all of us taking into consideration and being a more empathetic culture overall.

  60. While looking through the articles to see which one I wanted to respond to and read about this week, one really caught my attention very quick again as soon as I saw it, and this article was titled; “Bullying in American Schools”. While growing up, fortunately, I really never dealt with any kind of serious bullying in any grade level. Every now and then there would be a mean student or two, or “popular” student that would act a little rude to me, but nothing very serious, as I tried to always be nice and respectful to everyone I went to school with and always had a really good group of friends that I enjoyed going to school with. As well as being raised by two great parents that taught me to just ignore anyone that would try to be mean to me, and just focus on the good friends I had, as well as trying to be respectful to all. Being that I am trying to become an elementary school teacher, understanding and fully grasping how impactful and real bullying is in schools within American society is such an important concept to stay informed about in my opinion. This article was a very informative and very interesting article to me, as there were some astonishing facts and numbers that were listed and mentioned. One of those very interesting facts was how the first known use of the term “bully” was used in 1742. And the definition of bullying and what it really entails has been a very controversial / not agreed upon set meaning, which to me, was not very surprising as I have already had many discussions within some of my educational classrooms where different professors and individuals has different views on it. While one thing is very apparent about bullying, as it stated in the article, is that it really does not have to be “repeated or constant” actions (physical or verbal) in order for some one to be a victim of bullying. One thing about bullying that I believe and further believe from reading this article is that it really is an ever-changing and evolving issue as we advance and grow as a country. In the very early stages of this country and world overall, bullying existed, but in 2019-2020, bullying, while yes can still exist in schools and does, I think bullying exists more so online and within social media forums. The most alarming sentence I read in this article was listed towards the end where it mentioned how many students (middle-high school students) were affected by bullying / other forms of aggression in just the current school term, which was 30% of them and more specifically 5.7 million individuals. And one of the biggest goals I have as a teacher is that I really want to make sure I not only create an environment within my own classroom that fosters a very welcoming and positive climate, where everyone feels wanted and respected, and also sends a message that NO FORM of bullying will ever be accepted, and make sure that they understand that that type of behavior is never accepted no matter how old you are or what grade you are in. Until more teachers take initiative and promote this type of attitude and mindset to students and their families in large masses, this issue will only worsen and grow, and it is something that I really am hopeful will improve and better over time, as long as more teachers and people in a position of power take more of an initiative on addressing this issue. And as a result of this, the world will become an even better place! I really appreciated and thought it was a great idea to attach all of the links that led to more information about creating a better environment within your own classroom and school to address and handle bullying, and also more links to look into this horrible issue of bullying as well. And I found this article to be very informative and interesting.

    —Jake Martin

  61. Bulling unfortunately is something that is continually happening in schools, but at times is something that is hard for others to see especially teachers. With that, it is something that is hard to address due to not being able to see it first hand at times and the individual getting bullied not willing to speak up. As a future teacher, this is something that needs to be touched on with all students to let the students know they are open to talk to me when something is going on, as well as if I see it happening there are punishments.

    In the article, all the definitions were good definitions, but the one I I disagree with is Dan Olweeus, where it state when “a person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time.” If someone is tearing someone down in the first place, that is still bullying. Any time you are hurting someone physically or verbally that is bullying. Bullying is ANY way you hurt someone. It doesn’t matter how often. Some students will think bullying is on words that aren’t hurtful to the person saying them. Students and others need to know that words that hurt you might not hurt others, but there is no reason for those words anyway.

  62. when i go to pick my daughter , i saw every day other children bully my daughter in front of their parent , there is a slope where every child want to enjoy after school , when my daughter wants to join them those children don’t let my daughter in.
    that still okay but i overhared some comments made by those little angels which is pretty racists like my daughter skin color. and the discussion is with their parent evidently the parents are enjoying it ( may be encouraging it ) . A child of the age of 5 no matter from which part of the world is having purest heart of all , the words they are saying is not coming from them , for sure, let the children discover their world , let them understand the world in their ways, then it will be a better world

  63. I think that bullying in the American education system has become a serious problem in the past 5 years. I think that is something that needs to be put more light on for students to understand the consequences of it and things that could happen from those who are bullied. I believe that there is a way that we can fix bullying or maybe flatten the curve of what the percentage of people that bully or are bullied in a school day. I think that if these changes were to be made in his education systems that students would have a better education because instead of being worried if they’re going to get picked on that day they can focus on what topic they’re going to pick for their English project.

  64. Bullying is such a horrible problem that America faces today. Bullying is so bad in the schools and in the school system I grew up in, it mainly occurred in middle school. I never really got bullied and I was never the bully, but my friend got bullied a lot. I would be the one to take up for her and today we are still friends. So, I never got to experience it first hand, but I know about it very well and it is sad the way kids talk to one another. What I find crazy is that the majority of student who bully, their parents are not even aware of this behavior.

    As a teacher, you need to be aware of these actions. I know that sometimes bullies are smart and are able to hide their interactions with the victim very well, but teachers still need to have that in the back of their minds throughout their days so that they can be on their toes to stop any underlying issue.

    Also, I think that Dan Olweus defines bullying as it reoccurring. Not all the time is bullying reoccurring, a lot of times it can be done just once that affects the victim. Bullying is the leading reason for suicide in the schools. Therefore, it needs to be stopped and something needs to be done about these bullies.

  65. Although bullying is an issue that lately is been addressed more, it is still very prevalent in today’s society, mainly in schools.
    It is bothering to think that one of the main reasons why kids get bully is because they don’t fit into a particular mold that society has established as “acceptable.” It seems like people (particularly kids and teenagers) are being punished for having different interests to others.
    A new concept I was introduced to in this article, was the “bully-victims”, it did not occur to me that people who bullied others could also be victims of bullying.
    Is good to know that measures have been taken in order to lower the incidence of bullying in schools, and therefore prevent tragic events such mass shootings and suicides.
    I am particularly interested on keep educating myself about this topic, I think a good start will be to check out some articles and documentaries suggested in the article.

  66. Bullying is being addressed more in schools, but the issue itself is not going away. In order to get the deadly issues under control, like the increase in school-shooters and teen suicides, the root issue needs to be addressed first. I have seen instances where a child being bullied commits suicide and even after they are gone, they are still being harassed online. This article does a very good job at discussing bullying in the school system, but we also need to speak up about cyberbullying. When bullying and cyberbullying are intertwined, the person doesn’t feel safe at school and they will no longer feel safe at home either. These issues need to be fixed so it won’t continue through future generations.

  67. Bullying has always been an issue and continues to be an issue withing the schooling system in America. I have seen many issues in school, through being felt like an outcast although no definite experiences have occurred in my life. When I was in eighth grade, I had a classmate who experienced bullying and thus committed suicide. This happened while I was experiencing the same feelings about myself as he was, which affected me for years to come. I had many negative self-esteem issues so feeling outcasted was never good for me, and still sometimes affects me.
    There are some schools that understand how to handle issues of bullying but some school teachers and administrators have no idea what to do. I have seen firsthand when the administrators are not capable of handling bullying issues well. I have seen when they downplay the issues and try to cover up bullying occurrences, leading up to suicide. Teachers and administrators need to be trained how to appropriately handle bullying because it occurs much more than it should be admitted. By being trained on how to handle these situations, it can help students feel loved and possibly stop suicide attempts.

  68. Bullying is something that we see often whether it was when we were in school or in our placements. When I was in Elementary school I was consistently teased and bullied from a young age. It got so bad that I refused to get on the bus because I knew they’d call me name, throw things at me, or even shove or take things from me. I do think it’s interesting to see how many specialists believe that students who are bullied have been or are being bullied. They are reflecting possibly what they are feeling to try and make themselves feel better. Which makes a lot of sense why a student would resort to bullying another, because it’s something that they have seen so much that they learn that behavior and believe that it’s normal. I think it’s so important for us as teachers to make sure we are teaching our students that our classroom is a safe zone and that our students should be able to come to us to help them if they are being teased or bullied. This is the first step to stop bulling is to have these students feel safe not just at home or with their parents but to know that we are there to help them. When I was little, I didn’t trust any of my teachers enough to tell them when I was bullied and I feel like if I had told a teacher or even the bus driver, the bullying would have stopped earlier then later.

  69. When reading the article, Bullying in American Schools it brings me a lot of emotions. This is something that is an extreme problem in today’s world. Not only is it a problem for out student and young teens, but even full-grown adults. There are many different ways a person can be bullied. I agree that bullying can occur in just one instance and does not need to be classified as only something repeated. A friend of mine has a daughter in 7th grade, about two weeks ago she came home and told her mom that there was an article online on a news channel that she had died in a car accident. The mom could not believe that someone would bully her child, but sure enough another person was able to create an article that appeared to be real about this girl being killed in a car accident on a local highway, they even included a picture of her. I don’t what know what has been done to handle this, but I hope justice is served in some capacity. It is sickening the degree bullies are willing to go to victimize others. I share this story to make people aware of how extreme bullying is in today’s world and that we as educate need to do more with our students. We need to step in if we see a problem and report it. We need to teach morals and values to these students at an early age. I am hopeful that there is a better future.

  70. Bullying, as stated in the article, has been around since 1742, when the word was first defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Since then, major advances to stop bullying has been implemented in school districts all over the world. Anti-bullying and Zero Tolerance curriculums are usually taught during the first few days of the new school year. School administrators, teachers, staff, and parents are all responsible for executing the program requirements throughout a student’s life. As a daycare supervisor it is important to me to have reliable anti-bullying guidelines to reinforce the behavior I desire in my “class”. I believe it is important to establish the rules in the very beginning so that each child understands what is expected of them and that you can have a resource to recall when something goes wrong. I always like to have the kids help create the “class” rules so that when they are broken, they can feel more responsible. Obviously, there are broad rules that they need to follow, such as nice words and keep hands and feet to themselves, but they also can add more ideas that relate to them and their peers. Giving the students the responsibility to be charge of some of the rules makes them more accountable for their actions. I looked over some of the lesson plans/resources and I liked the idea of the Open-Circle: Getting to the Heart of Learning and Violence Prevention Works: Safer Schools, Safer Communities. They have excellent resources that can reinforce the Zero-Tolerance idea of limiting bullying in classrooms, schools, and the community. These can be nice to have regarding future educators and how to create a kind classroom.

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