When Bullying Hits Too Close to Home
My heart aches me I learn of another tragic tale of bulling and wish there was some way to just instill knowledge into the victims to know that there IS hope, and even more so to give these intolerable bullies insight into their futures…which more often than not is filled with anything BUT success. I’ve come to learn that often the popularity of bullies is short-lived, ordinarily tethered to the halls of Middle School and High School as that is the only environment that could house such ignorant behavior, there really isn’t a place for bullies in adulthood…at least not if you plan to have a job that earns more than minimum wage.
Sadly, the most recent tragedy occurred in our own community when a 14 year old 8th grader took his own life as the depths of despair seemed to be too much to handle.
In our society, bullying is the most common form of violence. About 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully themselves, or as the victim of teenage bullying.
Each month, 282,000 students report being attacked in high schools throughout the nation. As a result an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day because they fear attack or intimidation by bullies.1
Bullying and depression are often related. This connection can be long-lasting as people who are bullied as children are also more likely to suffer from depression in adulthood. Sometimes the darkness of depression may cause some victims to even take extreme measures, which can lead to tragic results such as suicide – or Bullycide. Just the simple fact that a new term has been created to define this tragedy is disturbing in and of itself.
I beg you, Take a Stand. Stop Bullying Now!
Via MAT@USC: Masters in Teaching