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National Bullying Prevention Month

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Children against bullying. Diverse group of kids holding protest sign.

Children against bullying. Diverse group of kids holding protest sign.

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Children against bullying. Diverse group of kids holding protest sign.

By: Mohamed Ali, Staff Reporter

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As we head into October, it’s important for us to acknowledge National Bullying Prevention Month as students, parents, and faculty alike, take time to educate themselves on the dangers of bullying. Bullying is a terrible thing and could lead to mental problems, lower grades, and even suicide.
 Bullying is best described by stopbullying.gov as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Many students in the United States of America are victims of bullying. The most common victims of bullying are children who are different from their peers, such as being overweight, depressed, socially awkward, and perceived as weak. Often, however, bullies even target children who do not fit the preceding criteria.
Children who are bullied can experience physical, mental, and emotional issues. These include depression and anxiety, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, decreased academic skills, and loneliness. In fact, very few bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. According to stopbullying.gov, 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied. Kids who bully their peers are more likely to abuse alcohol and tobacco in their adolescent years, get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school.
There are, however, ways to prevent bullying. The first is to help kids understand bullying. Next, keep communication open between students and teachers, let them feel comfortable talking to other students and teachers about any bullying that they are experiencing.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in approximately 4,400 deaths per year. According to Yale university, bullying victims are about 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide than non-victims. Another study in Britain has found that at least half of suicide among young people are related to bullying. According to statistics by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because they fear bullies. Bully-related suicide can result from any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, and cyberbullying.
Perhaps, the most effective way to prevent bullying is to be kind to others. This raises the happiness of others. Sophomore Mila Mabhongo ‘21 says, “I believe that because we’re part of the generation that bully and get bullied, it’s important that we realize the effect it has on people and to try and implement the concept of kindness in all that we do towards each other.
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