Students in schools are subjected to a lot of bullying and violence these days. A lot of students refuse to go to school because of the seriousness of the issue. They are emotionally and physically traumatised by it.
Victims of bullying
Many children who are being bullied are often scared of speaking up. They are scared of the consequences if they decide to tell someone. When young people grow older, they are not likely to tell someone. They become more alienated and isolated, while in some extreme cases they have a serious case of depression which can sometimes lead to self-harm and suicide.
More often than not, a lot of bullies themselves suffer from some kind of low self-esteem and they lack confidence. Bullying may be a way of trying to prove to people that they are tough and have self-confidence to do what they want. Bullies might be having family issues such as parents going through a rough time or separating. Moreover, a lot of people who tend to bully others are likely to have suffered a form of violence in their past. Another reason may be to show people that they are in control or just to seek attention.
An example of bullying is the recent incident that occurred in Dublin. A boarding school in Dublin was under serious investigation after a teenager was bullied and sexually assaulted with a hockey stick by 13 other pupils. This could have been avoided if the boarding school’s authorities made bullying a serious offense or crime which would make the bullies hesitate or think twice before attempting such horrendous acts. A lot of schools and teachers tend to ignore the early signs of bullying because they believe it may be a phase for some students to bully others. This is not true and it is evident in the case in Dublin.
Signs of bullying
Signs of bullying include depression, fear of going to school, hesitation to go out and loss of confidence in general. If these signs are detected early on, it could be avoided. Children or teenagers who go to school are usually ashamed to talk about the situation because it might make them feel like a loser. Middle school and high school can introduce anti-bullying procedures and methods where students can take part and learn the consequences of it such as suicide. Positive environment in schools and emphasising on preventing bullying can be one way of teaching students to not bully. Furthermore, clear methods for investigating bullying can be introduced to show students how seriously bullying is taken and to ensure it is tackled.
How to stop bullying
For bullying to stop, intervention of teachers and adults is absolutely necessary. It should be challenged. If any of the adults in school notice some form of bullying taking place, they should make it possible for the victim to feel comfortable and confident enough to report it. Dismissing bullying as a phase of middle school or elementary school is not a good idea because it can take the life of someone and it will be too late by then.