Bullying is a form of abuse, and is repeated acts over time trying to over power another person. This means that the acts could be physical abuse or social. The victim of a bully is referred to them as a “target”. Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse, verbal, physical, and emotional. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as intimidation. The bullying is a one on one to more complex bullying which may have one or more people to have the help. Bullying in school and the workplace is also referred to as peer abuse.
Bullying can occur in any context in which human beings interact with each other. This includes school, church, family, home and neighborhoods. It is even a common factor in migration. Bullying can even exist in social groups/ classes and even between countries. The word “bully” was first used in the 1530′s as the term of “sweetheart”, applied to sex in the Dutch boel. Bullying is characterized by a person behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person. Bullies may behave this way to be perceived as popular or tough or to get attention. They may bully out of jealousy or be acting out because they themselves are bullied.
Direct bullying involves a great deal of physical aggression such as shoving and poking, throwing things, slapping, choking, punching and kicking, beating, stabbing, pulling hair, scratching, biting, scraping and pinching etc. There was a charity act set up in 2003 for children who have ever been victims of being bullied.
The effects that bullying has on their targets are fatal and can be life threatening. An estimation of 60-80% of kids is bullied in school. Many people have suggested bullying as one of the reason of this decline in emotional sensitivity and acceptance of violence as normal. When someone is bullied, it is not only the bully and victim who are becoming less sensitive to violence. In most cases, the friends and classmates of the bully and the victim accept the violence as normal.
As you all know, you have heard of what had happened to Phoebe Prince, because of her getting bullied by six teenagers she had decided to take her own life on January 14, 2010. Having recently moved to the U.S. from Ireland, Prince had been taunted and bullied for several months by at least two separate groups of students at South Hadley High School, reportedly because of disputes with other girls over her brief relationships with a senior high school football player and a second male student. That day she had walked home, and a car passing by had thrown a can at her. When she arrived at home, she had hung herself by the stairwell leading to the second floor. Her body was discovered by her 12-year old sister.
Bullying is very serious and something that needs to be taken care of, and since the new law has been passed that bullying is no longer allowed, I feel as if it’ll still go on no matter what people try to do to stop it. For a young girl to loose her life because of bullying is just awful. She still had her whole life to live for and now we never will know what she could have accomplished, and that’s all because of six silly little teenagers being immature.