Bullying In High School

posted Nov 9, 2017, 7:06 AM by PHS Warrior Beat
By: Noel Houston

    Physical bullying is known to be more common in middle school but declines in high school. However, emotional and verbal bullying remains constant from middle school through high school. Bullying can have many negative effects, not only personal effects on the victim(s), but societal effects such as school shootings, suicide rates, and high school dropout rates.

  Pocomoke High School Sophomore, Keynaja Trader said, “My thoughts on bullying are completely wrong and everyone should be treated how they want to be treated. I think the teachers should be more involved.”

   There are some populations that are more likely than others to be or become targets of bullies. Some teens even bully teachers or other school employees instead of their peers. According to DoSomething.org, 160,000 teens skip school because of bullying, imagine how many students there’d be NOT skipping school if there were few to no bullying on a regular basis.

   Bullying also has an impact on dropout rates — one out of every 10 teens actually dropout simply because of bullying/getting bullied.

   “I think gays get more bullied because of how they act and dress. I think some teachers get bullied only because they don’t fit the standards that other teachers have,” Trader said.

   Cyberbullying may be the most difficult type of bullying to prevent or combat. There are multiple things that provide anonymity to the bully, who can be as malicious as he or she chooses. Electronic media also allows the bully a wide audience for rumors, innuendo and harassment.

   Web postings from social networking sites, and blogs can reach millions of people, exposing the victim to further ridicule if other bullies decide to join in.

  “I think it's more difficult because bullies have more confidence to bully someone rather than saying it to their face,” Trader said.

Uploaded: 11/9/17
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