Cause and Effect Essay: Bullying in the School Setting
“In an international survey of adolescent health-related behaviors, the percentage of students who reported being bullied at least once during the current term ranged from a low of 15% to 20% in some countries to a high of 70% in others” (Nansel et al 2001). Bullying is a serious epidemic that has caused many people emotional distress. In today’s generation school children experience an intense amount of fear due to the increase in violent behavior provided by the bully. Bullying can result in fear, depression, thoughts of suicide and low self-esteem. The typical bully usually targets weak persons or people that are socially awkward. They target people they know will not retaliate such as the skinny nerd or the shy chubby kid. Some say the bullies come from a troubled family and act out to get attention. This is not always true; they might be trying to fit in with a crowd to seek approval and acceptance.
Victims of bullying usually are very timid and not very popular making them an easy target for bullies (Bryne 1994). Being bullied makes them more self-conscious and might make them feel like the school is unsafe it also might make them more vulnerable to society; such as school activities, functions and events. Victims of bullying are typically submissive and lack assertiveness which also makes them a perfect or easy target for the bullies (Smokowski 2005). They are very fearful of the bully which makes them very vulnerable and also puts more stress on them. They are becoming stressed because they are constantly worrying what is going to happen to them today. The bully is constantly intimidating them and making them feel so small and inanimate.
Surprisingly, depression is very common in both the victim and the bully. Depression is a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way (“Depression”). The victim may be...
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