why do we need to stop bullying
Why Should we stop bullying? By DecemberStone, Beebe, AR
Why should we end bullying? Bulling has been an exceeding issue over the yearsв it is about time to make it stop! Bulling affects everyone not just the victims of bulling but, the bullyвs and everyone surrounding them. The numbers of kids that are starting to become victims as well as bullies are increasing. Nobody likeвs a bully and being one just makes matters worse. Bullying is a major problem that we havenвt been able to stop, every year more and more people become bullied at school and online, if we take a stand against bullying and not encouragedit I believe that we can put an end to it! Bullying has gone viral. People have been bullying over the internet on social media sites such as Facebook and even twitter. 2018 TeenInk. com Those years of misery - before my father sent me away to get strong on a farm - left me forever lonelier, but also tougher.
I will not be bullied by anyone - and, when anyone tries, I can still feel myself bridling, sometimes to the extent that I will want to do the opposite of what is being demanded of me, even when I know my correct course is to continue as before. Moreover, I have been left with a permanent distrust of anything that looks like seeking popularity. When, as an adult, I had difficult decisions to make, those who advised me would sometimes shake their heads at me to say: "Well, that decision won't be popular. " Few seemed to realise that my instinctive reaction to that advice would be to do precisely what would not make me popular. The experience had other very practical effects on my way of dealing with children when I became a schoolmaster. To say (as I have heard teachers do) that someone "asks to be bullied" because of his behaviour, or her mannerisms, or his peculiarity, is a hideous abrogation of responsibility.
No one asks to be bullied, and if you see bullying, your first duty - as a friend, a senior pupil, a teacher, a grown-up - is to stop it happening. And bullying in a school can be stopped. Very few children are psychopaths. Once the imaginations of those who aren't are stirred into a realisation of what their bullying is doing, they can nearly always be made to protect the weak, not torment them. Even if only an occasional aberration, the psychopathic bully is a problem, of course, and sentimental notions of "inclusion" won't do. If education and persuasion don't work, and if even punishment fails, then exclusion - what used to be called suspension or rustication - is the only recourse.
The obvious criticism - that by expelling the bully you are only passing the problem on to another institution - is perfectly valid, which is why expulsion shouldn't be undertaken lightly. But until society learns how to manage itself without prisons and asylums, I cannot see how it can expect schools to manage incorrigible pupils without the power occasionally to get rid of those who will not or who cannot respond. Furthermore, whenever someone is faced with a child who is being bullied, or who is in trouble of some other kind, they should make it a matter of policy always to check there is no underlying physical cause. I reckoned that in about a quarter of the cases I had to deal with as a headmaster there was a physical problem at the heart of the issue. The child who was bullied by the rest of her class because she was always falling asleep - her nickname was "Dormouse" and she hated it - turned out, when she saw the school doctor, to be seriously anaemic.
A course of iron injections sorted her problem out in a month. An apparently stupidly unresponsive pupil turned out to be three-quarters deaf. An apparently lazy one was unable to see the blackboard from the back of the class. I would always regard the school doctor as the first person whose advice should be sought. Only if he or she said a child in trouble was perfectly fit did I turn to other means, such as counselling. To punish a child for laziness, when it turns out that he has had glandular fever on and off for the past year, is as bad as bullying a child for lisping. For publishers wishing to reproduce photographs on this page please phone 44 (0) 207 538 7505 or email
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