By Sifu Lawrence Hochobeb
EVERY school day many students wake up afraid to go to school or institute of higher learning because of bullying.
A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions by one or more other students with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing.
Bullying is a problem that affects students of all races and social status. It should be taken seriously.
Two of the main reasons people are bullied are because of appearance and social status. Bullies pick on the people they think don’t fit in, maybe because of how they look, how they act, their race or religion.
Some bullies attack their targets physically, which can mean anything from pushing, tripping, beating or even sexual assault. Others use psychological control or verbal insults.
Although bullies think they have the right to push people around, they are actually insecure. They harass and put other people down in order to make themselves feel more interesting or powerful. Some bullies actually have personality disorders that don’t allow them to understand normal social emotions like guilt, empathy, compassion or remorse.
Those who are bullied may find their schoolwork and health suffering. They often develop low self-esteem, stress, depression or anxiety. They may also think about suicide more.
The best way to solve a bullying problem is to tell a trusted adult. One situation in which it is vital to report bullying is if it threatens to lead to physical danger and harm. Silence gives the bully authorisation to become more and more violent. Adults in positions of authority ?