Parents are not aware of what really goes on when they send their child to school. We expect schools to provide an environment that is emotionally and physically safe for their students. There is an increased awareness of the harm caused by bullying, and most schools have policies stating that hurtful, disrespectful behaviors are unacceptable. There is a large amount of staff at these schools that are witnessing this bullying and doing nothing about it. Parents need to know the truth about what their child is really going through since they can't be at school with them to experience this. Also parents need to learn how to deal with these situations in the right manner.
The Columbine School Shooting on April 20th 1999 is a day that will never be forgotten. Two boys make an attempt to blow up their high school in Colorado and when the bombs fail, they enter the building and start a shooting. It is thought that the boys did this horrendous act due to bullying. Many students who are bullied often see no way out except for death or themselves or the bullies. One of the boys was actually a bully himself. He would verbally abuse other students to the point of tears, and his bad temper flared at the slightest sign of provocation.
Bullying effects students' ability to learn in a negative way. When a student is bullied it threatens them emotionally and physically. Bullying needs to be addressed in school and students need to be educated on what they are doing. Policies and roles need to be set to stop this. Schools need to build a positive environment for their students to feel safe.
"Bullying is when a person or group repeatedly tries to harm someone who is weaker or who they think is weaker." 60% of middle school students claim to have been bullied, this is more than 1 out of every students asked. 160,000 students stay home from school every day due to bullying which means that the bullying is occurring at school. In schools where there are anti-bullying programs, bullying is reduced by 50% so if every school had these programs then bullying would be to a minimum. In most school shootings bullying is a factor.
About 28% of students ages 12-18 have reported being bullied in school. Students dread the verbal and physical aggression from peers at school, if they even go at all. Many students attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression. Majority of bullying occurs in schools. 70% of young people say they have seen bullying in their school.