Have you ever been bullied? Told you don’t matter? It happens to over 3.2 million students every year. That’s a lot. But that’s not all, 160,000 teens skip school everyday because of bullying. One out of every ten students will drop out of school because of repeated bullying. Bullying is a major problem. You maybe wondering, why haven’t these kids told anyone? Well, it’s not that they haven’t, it’s that people don’t do anything about it. Seventeen percent of American students report being bullied two to three times a month or more within a school semester. Yeah teachers are out on duty, but only 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. And over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective. As students we are told to report bullying. Well, 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. We can’t be told we aren’t accountable, We tell people about our problems. It’s not our fault they don’t do anything to stop them. Because we believe no one cares, by age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls talk to their peers about bullying. We don’t tell anyone because we believe they won’t listen. And it’s true, not very many people listen to kids when they report bullying. Most bullying happens in elementary and middle school. In fact, 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. Knowing that as boys age they are less and less likely to feel sympathy for victims of bulling. In fact, they are more likely to add to the problem than solve it. Now, there are two major types of bullying: Physical and Verbal. Here’s the break down; physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school, on the other hand, verbal abuse remains constant.
For many people, myself included, bullying is a huge, and hard, topic to talk about with anyone. Many people, globally, are trying to change the hardships of bullying. Many other people wonder what they can do. Well, there’s a website of 5.5 million young people making a positive change. It’s called “Dosomething.org”. If you want to make a change, you have to stand up for yourself and others. If you see or experience bullying, tell someone and make sure something is done about it. Otherwise, what good will it do?