Bullying...everyone says its a big issue, but do they really understand? Have the people who claim they support "no bullying" understand the truth about bullying? Do they understand the pain,the suffering,the loss that it causes? Bullying. What comes to mind when you think of that word? Little kids beating each other up because their different? Teens being pushed into such a tiny corner of sanity that they are forced to give up? Or maybe you picture a bully,at home laying in bed listening to his parents argueing while his sister crys over the loss of their older brother because of a drug overdose? The bully is driven to take his anger,his pain,his hurt, out on some un-suspecting victim...This is the TRUTH about bullying...



Cyber bullying doesnt just happen on the internet,it happens on any electronic media. The Online Dictionary defines the word "cyber" as:


a combining form meaning “computer,” “computer network,” or “virtual reality,” used in the formation of compound words ( cybertalk; cyberart; cyberspace ) and by extension meaning “very modern” ( cyberfashion ).

How do people cyber bully? Well,cyber bullying can acually be worse than verbal bullying because when on electronics people feel as if they can say anything,do anything, or spread anything, without suffering from the consequences. Sadly,its not just a few people who cyber bully, some resulting in death.Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year from the cause of bullying. 4,400 DEATHS A YEAR.Over 14% of high school students (not including lower grades of kids) have considered suicide in effect of bullying.Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.

According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying. Kids are not getting the right amount of education because of being scared they are going to get bullied. Thats sad,I mean, where are the adults here? Where are the teachers? The parents? The law enforcement? Anyone?

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The most commonly known type of bullying is verbal. It involves gossip,curseing at each other, and rumors. Each one of those things are,in fact, considered bullying. Most people who verbally bully dont realize what their doing is bullying,but this isnt about defending the bullies, its about letting them know what their doing. The un-just truth of the matter is,no matter if you know your doing it or not, your still bullying.If you have ever spread a rumor around about someone that you know is not true,thats bullying! If you pass something on that you heard from someone,you just gossiped,thats bullying! Cussing someone out,calling them bad names,darn right thats bullying! No wonder people in this world try to stop bullies,it makes people feel worthless inside. Do I need to re-state that 14% of high school students have thought about committing suicide around the world because of bullying? Think twice before you open your mouth,before you whisper those words in your friends ear that just may not be true,before you say those hurtful words to that person who made you upset, and think "do I wanna be marked as a bully?".
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There are many types of physical bullying that can occur between young people, including fighting, practical jokes, stealing, and sexual harassment. These are not considered bullying unless:

-The vicim is targeted many times (more than once)

-The person who is bullying intends on hurting their victim or embarrasing the victim.

-If the bully has power,stronger in social levels,stronger physically,ect.

Things bullies do happen to do in physical bullying:


  • Hitting
  • Pushing
  • Tripping
  • Slapping
  • Spitting
  • Stealing or destroying possessions, including books, clothing, or lunch money

  • How can you tell if a peer/relative is being physically bullied? If they come home with scratches,a black eye,acting different,drawing away from peers,wanting to run away,saying they feel bugged/picked on,ect...

    Some sites you can check out are:

    SAMHSA Family Guide, "Bullying Affects All Middle School Kids" [online]
    Nemours, TeensHealth, "Dealing with Bullying" [online]
    Consortium to Prevent School Violence, "Fact Sheet #2: Bullying Prevention" [online], "Know the Signs of Physical Bullying" [online]

    Dont be afraid to tell someone if you are being bullied,it may not seem its the right thing but it is definitley worth it. Trust me,I was a bully victim, I know the truth about bullying.

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    Intimidation plays a big part in bullying. The bully intends on frightening the victim by threatening to ruin social status with either a rumor or a seceret...On Bing Dictionary,they define "intimidate" as:

    persuade or dissuade by frightening: to frighten somebody into doing or not doing something, e.g. by means of violence or blackmail

    If anyone has threatened you or intimidated you,you may have a bully on your hands. If that is the case,I strongly advise you to let an adult or some kind of authority know about this blackmailer. Bullying can get you into major trouble, with the law and parents! Standing up and walking away may not be your best option,but telling someone is!

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    Telling the right person...

    That leads into one of my final paragraph,who to tell. Being bullied isnt what anyone wants. Yet,your afraid of telling somebody, afraid the word is going to get out to that bully that you were a "snitch". Nobody wants to be labled a snitch,but nobody wants to be labled a bully either! Deciding who to tell isnt the hardest choice in the world. If you dont have that good of a relationship with your parents,then fine,you dont HAVE to tell your parents! There are TONS of other people you can tell...for example, if the bullying keeps ocurring at school you might could tell the principal. I know at my school we also have a school officer,if you cant get to the principal/vice principal and you happen to have a school officer it would be best to tell that officer! I know I have at least one teacher who I love and I trust, if you have one of those teachers they are very helpful,especially if the teacher has taught the bully and knows how they are. Yet, sometimes you do tell the principal, as in one of my friends cases, and they don't have or want anything to do with it. DON'T give up! Look for anyone who will listen, a teacher, parent or guardian, anyone.
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    I have shown my teacher and was shunned for even trying to show people in my class this because of the "gruesome"' content. We need to see, this is reality. Show this to anyone, it is a major eye opener to see all of the people who suffer.