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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Problem of Bullying in School


In the newscast earlier, I have seen a video incident between two kids, which has happened in a school in Australia. The video has shown a little bullying, ironically, a bigger and heavier boy. The little boy has been punching the bigger boy in the face and body. At first, the bigger boy is just standing and letting the boy hurt him but later on it seems that the little boy has crossed the limit and the bigger boy has fought back, picking up his aggressor and slams him on the concrete floor.

I have searched the video on the net. It is no longer available in You Tube but I have found the video of the incident from abc15.com. The incident in this video is troubling. Parents are sending their children to school in order that they may get the education and learning that they would need later in life not knowing that in the very corridors of the school, that is supposed to be a safe haven for innocent kids, lays a potential danger to their emotional and inter-relational development.

Experts define bullying as, “an act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.”

Possible reasons for bullying:

  • Authoritarian personality-strong need to control or dominate
  • Prejudicial view of subordinates
  • Envy and resentment
  • Arrogance and narcissism
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorders
  • Addiction to aggressive behavior
  • Self-preservation
  • Fa├žade for weakness or fear
  • Victims of bullying themselves

Bullying occurs often in childhood and experts say, "If aggressive behaviour is not challenged in childhood, there is a danger that it may become habitual. Indeed, there is research evidence, to indicate that bullying during childhood puts children at risk of criminal behaviour and domestic violence in adulthood."

Research reveals bullying has cause incidents of suicide. Apart from medical research, obviously, it causes mental and emotional strain that can cause degradation in self-esteem. It is unimaginable that young children can be exposed in such a harsh environment.

According to the report, the two kids who have been involved in the video above have both been suspended for four days. Perhaps, it seems unfair to the victim of aggression but he should not have retaliated. He should have informed the school authorities about his schoolmates’ ill behavior and let them apply disciplinary action.  

I believe that schoolteachers and administrators have the responsibility of addressing this potential problem that can happen in schools. They need to put up effective means of addressing incidents of bullying and help both the bully and the target. They need to stop bullying in schools. 

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