The Affects Of Bullying Today By Royston Jordan

EDC. 472- Foundations of Educational Administration

2 . Without question bullying has changed. and how effective their role is in preventing incidents of bullying and in some cases suicide. It also looked at teachers and administration. and the affects it may have on school climate or community as whole.Abstract Bullying today is potentially leading students to commit suicide. This research paper looks at the growing trend of bullying occurring in schools. By investigating two cases in Massachusetts it brought in to question the policies and procedures that are in place by school systems to combat bullying. so new strategies and interventions are needed for the bullies of today. Researching bullying I discovered many authors felt that educators should also be held accountable for negligence and ignoring certain incidents. Overall I find that more awareness is needed about bullying.

was being bullied for most of his young life. As I watched this report I wondered if there was a It was also troubling correlation between bullying and suicide. In that time Casey confessed that he considered committing suicide a year ago. However. the systems in place to protect the children entrusted to the public and private schools in this country have not evolved with the times. This incident has become world wide phenomenon. The true question is what steps were taken after 3 . However in a follow up interview with Casey.Introduction Bullying. verbal harassment and physical abuse. Then. leaving children to fend for themselves (Brooke Leonard. Casey snapped and grabbed his attacker and slammed him to the ground. what began as “harmless” taunting has transformed into shocking acts of hatred. Casey Haynes has become an internet icon. to see that both students in the case received suspensions for their deeds. He is now seen as a hero to many around the world for standing up to his bullies. Casey. a deeper more troubling revelation was found. Instantly Casey gained support from his family and countless new friends by way of the internet. However. Prior to this event. some school systems continue to ignore and disregard bullying. He was poked and made fun of because of weight and size. He was punched in the face and received several other punches in this ordeal. 2010). Casey is an Australian student that was video taped while being bullied by another student. the trademark of angst-filled teenage years. a fifteen year old student. he was being bullied for two weeks. has always been viewed as a rite of passage or just simply an unpleasant part of growing up. Unfortunately.

and almost 7 percent have attempted it. or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person. 4 .the incident? How do schools in general deal with these situations? Data about Bullying and Suicide In recent years. Though too many adults still see bullying as "just part of being a kid. there are at least 100 suicide attempts. resulting in about 4. 2009). It could also be related to the tendency of students who are exposed to suicide to consider suicide themselves (Dan Olweus. Many people may not realize that there is also a link between being a bully and committing suicide. This may be due to an excessive problem with bullying at the school. Bullyrelated suicide can be connected to any type of bullying. Some key statistics that I found were very alarming: • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. including suicide.400 deaths per year. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide. Some schools or regions have more serious problems with bullying and suicide related to bullying. emotional bullying. including physical bullying. according to the Center for Disease Control. For every suicide among young people. a series of bullying-related suicides in the US and across the globe have drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide. cyber bullying." it is a serious problem that leads to many negative effects for victims. and sexting.

is a pandemic in this country. according to the study above • According to statistics reported by ABC News.000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying Bullying in Schools Today In the last decade. But can these 5 . according to studies by Yale University • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide. now become synonymous. nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying. Currently. which is “suicide caused by bullying and depression” (Mandy Jane The Department of Education reports that 25 percent of American students say they were bullied at least once a day. 2010). what often happens in response to bullying cases is something close to nothing (Brooke Leonard. A spike in bully-related suicides among teens and preteens has caused school administrators and legislators to rethink the current course of action when dealing with bullying in the school system. States have tried to address the issue by mandating their school districts adopt anti-bullying initiatives. Teen suicide Bullying and teen suicide have In researching bullying and suicide. there seems to be a new catchword that has become part of the growing trend of bullying in schools.• Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. and 160. our nation has witnessed a new phenomenon among the youth in America. -Clark. It’s called bullycide. 2010).

eleven-year-old Carl WalkerHoover had a beaming smile the author described in her article. In my research I found there was a large amount of young teens committing suicide because of being bullied. However. as in many others.even threatened to beat and kill him. In this case. His mother immediately contacted the school to address 6 . I became concerned as a future educational leader. But soon after Carl began sixth grade at the New Leadership Charter School in Springfield. he became the target of school bullies who taunted him . many were shocked. students are not only disciplined but referred to the SRO. there is no assurance that all students will take heed to the message and warnings. In another documented case. was only 15 when she hung herself at her Massachusetts home after another high school day of relentless tormenting.policies really stop school bullying and possibly save lives (Bianca Solorzano. an important question was asked. other than the nine students that are being charged for the role that played in bullying this young woman. Her younger sister discovered her body hanging in a closet (Brooke Leonard. a transfer student from Ireland. When the latest case of bully-related suicides hit the press and airwaves in January. Mass. who then explains to them the criminal consequences of their actions. 2010). 2010)? Learning more about this growing trend embedded in our school systems.. Where is the line This made me realize that my school district has been taking the right steps For example. After all. should the teachers and administration be also held accountable for not doing an effective job of handling the bullying issue? drawn for educators in situations like this? towards bullying. Phoebe Prince.

Bullying is no longer just a kiddy fad. 2009. But she couldn't prevent what followed. 2010). it clear to see in the two cases discussed.just 10 days Solorzano further reported that the administrators at the New Leadership Charter School ignored CBS News' request for an interview or comment on Carl Walker's death. On April 6. It is very disheartening learn of the many cases and families that have been affected by bullying.the issues. A greater emphasis on awareness of bullying also needs to take place for all stakeholders. and a reported intervention happened the day Carl Walker died leaving some advocates to question whether these initiatives fix the problem or make it worse (Bianca Solorzano. shy of his 12th birthday (Bianca Solorzano. 7 . It also made me aware of the numerous cases of teen suicide out there. The correlation between bullying and suicide in schools systems today is very much a reality. that there is a need for changes and adaptations to current school polices and procedures. Still as a educational leader. But CBS News has learned the school has had an anti bullying policy since 2006. My hope is that it does not take a number of years to do so. 2010). Carl hanged himself with an extension cord . not with all the different methods of technology that are made available to students today. It is only with collective effort from all stakeholders will we find a new solution. Teachers and administrators should have a greater focus on this matter. I became more aware of a grossly growing trend. as educators we do have an obligation to protect all students. Final Thoughts In researching bullying.

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