Bullying Cannot Be Ignored Most people see bullying as “kids being kids”, but for Jamie Anybody that was not the case. Students harassed, taunted, and teased Anybody for being gay. The harassment started out verbally, but rapidly progressed Into traumatizing physical and sexual abuse. The physical abuse was so severe that Anybody couldn’t even use the school restrooms. One day while Anybody was using the school restroom, several of his class mates came in and started harassing him. At one point Anybody was pushed to the floor by one of the students, while kicked and urinated on by the there.
The abuse did not stop there, it eventually became sexual. Male students would touch Anybody inappropriately while whispering in his ear asking him if he liked it. When these situations were taken to the school administration they simply said “boys will be boys” and no one was held accountable (Documentary). School administration must enforce the Code of Conduct to ensure that all students feel safe. In Mark Brown’s article, “Life After Bullying”, he states that bullying Is a serious problem. It Is known that bullying has become a worldwide problem. Bullying Is a yep of aggression In which the behavior Is Intended to harm or disturb, occurs repeatedly over time, and where an Imbalance of power occurs, with a more powerful person or group attacking a less powerful one” (Manses et al). “Younger children have a different definition of what bullying is, which changes as they get older” (Smith et al). Meanwhile, students say that they are “Just kidding” when they say something offensive to another student. Even if the students are “just kidding”, that offensive comment may have hurt that other student.
Bullying is dealt with in many elementary schools and high schools all over the world. When interviewing a student from a local elementary school he was asked if bullying happened at his school, and the response to that question was shocking. He responded “Yes”, and began to describe a bullying situation that occurred recently. A student went up to a group of kids and asked politely to play football with them. Instead of the group of kids responding with a “no” they started saying verbally harassing the other student.
Eventually the verbal abuse led to physical abuse as the other student shoved him and started a physical altercation (Student A). Student A was also asked if he were see somebody being bullied what would he have done, Student A responded that he has witnessed bullying and demonstrated three basic steps taught to him by a Club Yes Program in school. He stopped the bully, turned around, and walked away with the victim (Student A). Based on Barbara Collector’s article, “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander”, she states that bullying peaked in the eleven – to twelve-year-old age group.
When the children get older the bullying rates start to decrease. Bullies and victims have deferent characteristics. “The child who bullies typically Is egger, older, stronger, or more popular than the victim of bullying” (Gutter). Gutter also states that, “Bullies hurt others In order to feel strong and powerful at the given moment”. According to Ron Banks’ article, Bullying In Schools, students who are esteem. There are two types of victims: reactive and passive. A reactive victim approaches attacks in their own hands, which means they are aggressive, argumentative, and disruptive.
A passive victim tries to ignore the problem and will not tell anyone about the bully. On April 20, 1999, Dylan Keyhole and Eric Harris decided to bring a gun to Colorado Columbine High School. One teacher and twelve students were shot and killed that day. At the time authorities did not know the reasons for the shooting, but based on quotes from other Columbine students they think the shooting was caused because of bullying. One student stated, “They wore trench coats every day to school. They wore make up and painted their nails and stuff.
Everyone Just thought of them as different” (BBC News Report). A similar situation currently happened at Ohio’s Chardonnay High School. Four students were shot by fellow class mate T. J. Lane. T. J. Was bullied by students, and rendered to another school for emotional or specialized students. On the day of February 27, 2012, T. J. Decided to bring a gun to school. One Chardonnay student states, “T. J. Use to be their friend. He was a nice kid and very quiet. It shocked some of us that he was the one that shot them” (News Report). Bullying does not stop there.
Many students are bullied online as well. This is known as cyber bullying. People think that bullying is either verbal or physical, but little do they know that bullying can be expressed by e-mail, text messages, and social networks as well. It is easy to be big and tough at one end of the phone or imputer, but not as easy up front. There have been several incidents caused by cyber bullies. Cyber bullying is more harmful emotionally because everyone can see it and comment on it. The situation can get bigger and bigger. Imagine being bullied in school and when you get home.
It would never stop; you would continuously harassed by your class mates. Sometimes this can cause victims to do unthinkable things. In South Hadley, Massachusetts, fifteen year old Phoebe Prince took her life because of bullying. Nine of her fellow class mates would harass, assault, cyber bully, and stalk Prince daily. Parents say that the school knew that there was a problem, but failed to do anything about it. The Justice system claimed, “Although that they were aware of the bullying, failure to act prior to Prince’s death did not amount to criminal behavior” (New Report).
Although bullying and cyber bullying are huge problems in many schools, it is not a preliminary problem at Chocoholic Union High School (CUSS). In order to find out about the bullying situation at COHO we interviewed their principle, Fred Conga. Conga states, “CUSS does have a bullying problem; however, it is not a huge problem. He also says while walking around campus he does occasionally see students bullying other students. When asked about how he deals with the problem he answered “l stop and ask if there is a problem. Then I talk to each of the students privately and ask them what the problem is.
Most of the time the victim will give me a look and thank me for helping them. The bully, however, will give me a scared look and tell me that there is not a problem. ” Conga says that in elementary school he himself was a victim of bullying. He says “l was the quiet kid that always sat in the back of the classroom and the bigger boys would pick on me. According to Conga COHO has been a safe school throughout the years. He says that even though the bullying rate has stayed the same, he thinks that there are some situations that have not been reported.
Most of the time victims will go to him for help if they are being bullied, but some of the victims will not. Conga tries hard every day to make COHO safe so students will not be scared to go to school. However, COHO is not perfect. 85% of COHO students took a school survey based on bullying at their school. When they were asked if they thought some students deserved to be picked on 25% agreed and 75% disagreed. Then they were asked if their school had any consequences for bullying 23% agreed and 77% disagreed. Based on the interview with Conga he stated “l have a zero tolerance for bullying and cyber bullying.
If a student is caught bullying another student they will be suspended or even recommended for expulsion. ” This means that 23% of the students don’t know the school code of conduct for bullying or that they have never dealt with it themselves. In Tara L. Shutter’s article, “Understanding Bullying”, she states that each day hundreds of thousands of children dread going to school and facing the taunts, Jeers, ND humiliation wrought by bullies (51). Almost half of the students at COHO feel that it is unsafe for them to go to school.
Maybe there are some bully situations that have been occurring at the school but have not been reported. The students need to understand that if coming to school is a problem they should speak with Mr.. Conga. During the interview with Conga he mentioned that they do have programs on campus that help both the bully and the victim. The school psychologist, Aurora, comes to the school once a week and helps the students with their situations (Conga). If the students know there are intervention programs at their school then maybe they will start reporting bully incidents.
There are many ways to prevent bullying from happening at schools. “Meanness comes in many ways, and you can stop then all” (Kowalski). Colleen Newsiest helps with some ideas on how parents and schools can help prevent bullying. “Conducting a parental awareness campaign through newsletters, parent-teacher conferences and PTA meetings, and publicizing the results of the questionnaire” is Just one way we can help prevent bullying (Newsiest). Franklin Middle School in Buffalo, NY installed a complaint box for the students (63).
Since the teachers cannot see everything they figured if the school had a complaint box the students will give them anonymous tips about what happening on campus. Pamela Kane-Rice, author of “School Bullies Are Often Also Victims; Feeling Safe Reduces Youth Bullying”, clearly states “In response to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, many educators began trying to “bully-proof” their schools. ” Even though there are intervention programs around outside of school campus’ all schools need to have one on campus.
Schools need to do all they can to make sure that their campus is bully-proof. “The Losses Prevention Program, developed and evaluated over a period of almost 20 years” (Losses). The Losses Prevention Program helps develop a safe environment at school and at home for the bully and the victim. With this code of conduct (See Appendix A) all students will be safe. It is critical student. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that student’s behavior doesn’t affect the education of another student. If the code of conduct is not being enforced it shows students that the school condones this type of behavior.
Nobody deserves to be belittled in such demeaning ways. Appendix A The School Code of Conduct needs to sate the all students need to be on their best behavior. All students are treated equally and have the same rights. Each student needs to be respectful and treat others how they want to be treated. “Even when students are disrespectful and rude, it is imperative that you demeanor is calm and in control” (Negligee). If the students is disrespectful to a teacher or causes any disturbance in the class room that student will receive an after school detention. Bullying is unacceptable.
If a student is caught harassing, taunting, or bullying of any kind and under any circumstances; consequences will be as follows: immediate suspension, recommendation for expulsion, and on non-privilege for the remainder of the school year. That student will also need to attend a meeting with the school psychologist once a week to ensure the behavior does not persist. If a student witnesses acts of bullying (listed above), they will also get immediate suspension, as well as three weeks non-privilege. Remember this school has zero tolerance for bullying. Students are to arrive on time to classes.
If a student is tardy to class they will receive an after school detention. If a student has 10 or more unexcused absences then the student will receive a Saturday school. If a student fails to show up at an after school detention then they will receive a Saturday school. If a student fails to show up at a Saturday school it will double and if they fail to attend those Saturday schools then they will be suspended for one day. The dress code need to be appropriate. Tank tops are to be at 2 inches longs. Shirts are to cover your belly, if a student’s is exposed then that student will receive an after school detention.
No strapless shirts. Shorts are to be no shorter than your fingertips. This is a drug free campus. Drugs are not tolerated under any circumstances. There is no reason for a student to be doing or dealing drugs. If students are caught doing drugs on campus they will be recommended for expulsion. Also the police will be contacted and there will be severe consequences. COHO has a strict closed campus policy. All students must stay on campus during break and lunch, unless otherwise authorized. If a student is caught leaving campus during lunch and/or break that student will be considered as ditching.