The torture never ends

By Alexis Leotta ‘18

Beads of sweat are dripping down the side of young faces as they make their way into school. The feeling in their stomach feels like slugs that are trying to stop them from proceeding any further, especially when they know exactly what is through that door.

Most kids feel this way, not just because they don’t wish to go to school, but because they know the moment they walk through those doors, the torment begins. They experience unwanted eyes falling upon them, and overhear judgmental whispers as they walk down the halls. Bullying is an issue that continues to plague students in school hallways, and it isn’t going away any time soon.

Experts from stated that around 28% of students in grades sixth to twelfth experience bullying and that around 20% experience bullying strictly in high school.

In regards to different forms of bullying, it could very well be either physical and/or verbal. Types of bullying can range from teasing to name calling to exclusion to hurting others physically just to name a few.

As a result of bullying, Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center stated that “According to the Center for Disease Control, students who are bullied are more likely to experience low self-esteem and isolation, perform poorly in school, have few friends in school, and have a negative view of school, experience physical symptoms, and experience mental health issues.”

Experts from believes kids bully each other because “he/she lacks attention from a parent at home and lashes out at others for attention.” Other reasons could be because “Bullies dominate, blame and use others…They see weaker kids as their target, and don’t accept the consequences of their actions. They crave power and attention.” also stated that “Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.” It’s alarming to think that such a low percentage of kids talk to adults about the matter.

Experts at believe that the reason kids don’t tell adults that they are a victim of bullying is because they are scared of being labeled a snitch. They also believe it is because the kids would feel ashamed admitting to being bullied.

Contrary to popular belief, bullying is actually not as big of a problem as it once was. That’s not to say that bullying is no longer a problem, but that it is getting better. However, there is still a lot everyone can do to help diminish bullying further. If you are being bullied, try not to give a response to the bully. Typically bully’s feed off of the reaction they gain, without that reaction in most situations, they’ll grow tired of it and give up.

Experts at discuss some other ways to help prevent bullying such as taking action. If you were to see bullying taking place, a victim should tell an adult. While it may be frightening to think that you could be labeled a “snitch,” if you were to tell, in the long run you would be greatly helping the person that is being bullied.

Another way is to try and stand up to the bully. A lot of times the bully is seeking approval and acceptance from his or her peers when they bully. If you were to speak up against the bully and try to take that approval/acceptance away, it could lead to the bully stopping what he is doing.

Every action we take to help prevent bullying in some way is a step towards a world in which bullying was a thing of the past.