Bullying Can Lead to Serious Long Lasting ConsequencesBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 26 Mar 2013 05:41pm |
It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school everyday due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Many of those students are right here in Mississippi. As part of Bully Prevention Awareness Week MPB examines the consequences of bullying.
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful and persistent. Clinton Junior High School, Principle Anthony Goins says bullying can have serious consequences.
"When a kid feels like they are being bullied the concentration level, the focus cannot be on their academics because the kid is more concerned to what may happen to them or what someone may do to them as a result of the bullying. And that in itself has a direct impact on that child's education."
While bullying is most likely to be verbal or physical Goins says there is a growing trend of social media bullying which includes name calling, racial or sexual put-downs and intimidating threats.
"Once they put a message out there through text, through social media it’s out there and you can’t take it back. And once you have those issues out there and you can’t take it back. And then once those issues are out there a lot of time those issues are easier to handle more so because you have the proof in front of you and you can go ahead and get those parents involved."
Studies show that children who have been identified as a bully by age eight are six times more likely to have a criminal conviction by age 24. It’s a statistic that concerns Bear Atwood, Legal Director for the ACLU of Mississippi.
"And in today's world they are pushed into a juvenile court system and the more you are in a juvenile court system the more likely you are to have adult criminal offenses as well. And in fact we are starting to see a real movement in the country looking at workplace bullying. And looking at bosses and supervisors who bully their subordinates and is there a connection back to how they behaved as children."
According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying. Harassment and bullying have also been linked to 75% of school shooting incidents. Experts say the best way to stop bullying is by reporting it.
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