Whole-school Bullying Polices Essay

Why do people believe that bullying will never end? That’s the question that many parents and teachers ask but the real question is, is it really possible that bullying could come to an end? The purpose to this research paper is to argue about were or not bullying could ever end. In the article, “Bullying in school” by Ron Banks, he states that many behaviors to bullying include teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, and stealing. Isn’t there to many different behaviors for it to completely stop?

Banks states that almost all the children that bully have been physically punished and bullying is their own way of thinking they are in control. According to Banks, “…fifteen percent of students are either bullied regularly or initiators of bullying behavior. ” The students that bullying are the children that have a need to feel powerful and in control. Most children that bullies are the children that were physically punished and because of the parents actions, the child now believes that striking back physically is the only way to handle their problems.

Banks also talks about children that bullies victimize others because they feel bad about themselves and problems they might have at home. Their reason for them to bully is often blamed on the victim for “provoking” them or that it’s the way they learned to act from their parents. Banks also mentions that, “students who are the victims of bullying are typically anxious, insecure, cautious, and suffer low self-esteem…” Most of the victims of bullying are often the children that are close to their parents and are or have a happier childhood because bullies want to take away others happiness away so they could feel superior to the bullied.

Another, example that Banks gives is that the children that get bullied often look physically weaker to the bully and the way the victim dresses. The fact that children are judged by the way they appear and dress is the reason why children are bullied and that is why my people do not believe bullying will end. People who believe that a child have to look and dress a certain way to not get bullied many have a reason, but everyone would not all agree on the same solution According to Olweus, “…60% of the students that bully from sixth grade to ninth grade have had at least one criminal conviction by the age of twenty-four.

The bullies often maintain their behaviors in adulthood and have a negative influence on their life and any type of relationship. ” “Seven percent of American eighth graders stay home from school once a month because of bullying. ” stated Olweus. Olweus also states that many of these children suffer depression. How is the world supposed to stop bullying if the depression that a child goes on forever in their mind and in their heart?

According to Ron Banks’ article they are intervention programs for bullying. Banks states that they should focus on the entire school community rather than just focusing on the perpetrators and victims alone. In Banks article, “Smith and Sharp emphasize the need to develop whole-school bullying polices, implement curricular measures, improve the school ground environment, and empower students through conflict resolution, peer counseling, and assertiveness training. Some ways that Olweus thinks that will be a good way to involve interventions in school, class, and individual levels are: an initial questionnaire that can be distributed to students and adults, parental awareness campaign can be conducted during parent-teacher conference, engage students in a series of formal role-playing exercises and related assignments that teach those students directly involved in bullying alternative methods of interaction, and individualize interventions with the bullies and victims, the implementation of cooperative learning activities to reduce social isolation, and increasing adult supervision at key times.

In conclusion to Banks article he states “Bullying is a serious problem that can dramatically affect the ability of students to progress academically and socially. A comprehensive intervention plan that involves all students, parents, and school staff is required to ensure that all students can learn in a safe and fear-free environment. ” In the article “A Profile of Bullying at School” by Dan Olweus states that the attitudes and routines of relevant adults can exacerbate aggression toward classmates.

In other words, the way that parents treat their children is the way that the children learn to act even if it’s not always the right way to treat a person. The fact that people grow up to be similar to their parents is one of the reasons why some people believe that bullying will never come to an end. For those people, they believe that if a parent teaches their children that violence is the answer, then it will keep on going throughout generations. Some basic facts that Olweus states in his article is that “… students ages eight to sixteen were involved in bully/victim problems with some regularity – ither as bullies, victims, both bully and victim. ” Olweus also mentions that over twenty years the bullying percentage increased by fifty percent not including the cyber bullying that goes on now in this generation. About sixty five percent of the students also say that they bully or are bullied at least once a week.

Not only has bullying increased but now there is a less chance that bullying will ever come to an end. In Olweus’ article he explains that they did research and that “…80 – 85 percent of all victims are mainly passive or submissive victims. Olweus also explains the circle of bullying, which includes followers that don’t start the bullying, but help the one that has started bullying someone else. The next one is the passive bully, which is a person who supports the bullying but does not take part in the activity. After that, there is a passive supporter, who, likes bullying but does not display open support. After that there are the disengaged onlookers that just watch what is happening but do not take a stand. Next, is a possible defender who dislikes bullying and thinks that they should help, but do not help.

The last one is a defender of the victim who dislikes bullying and helps or tries to help the victim. If the circle of bullying continues, bullying will never come to an end. That is also one of the theories that people believe is the reason why bullying will never come to an end. On the internet source “Dealing with Bullying and Cyber-bullying” by Lawrence Robinson and Jeanne Segal, people think that because bullying is so common, it’s normal and it should be tolerated. Robinson and Segal state this fact in the year 2012 which means people and children may think that bullying is a normal thing, which is false.

It may happen all over the world, but that doesn’t mean it should still happen. How is the world supposed to free itself from bullying if people in this generation think bullying is a normal thing that happens in life? According to Robinson and Segal’s research they mention how “Bullies are often relentless, bullying over and over again for long periods of time. You may live in constant fear of where and when the bully will strike next, what they’ll do, and how far they’ll go. Cyber-bullying has made this even worse because it can be witnessed by many more people and continue around the clock. According to that statement it seems to have been easier to stop bullying before then it is now.

Today, in this generation, there is so much technology that it can be used to hurt one other. They also believe that bullying happens because those children are also bullied, or because that is their way to escape their own problems, or just because they want to feel more powerful. In the book, “Defusing Angry People” by Kevin Fauteux, he states that “… knowing yourself is the true first step to not becoming a bully or ever become part of the bullying issue. Fauteux also mentions in his book how to protect yourself from the violence of bullies and he also prepares anyone for threats that they might receive because of bullying. , “how to not get angry at any threats, how to fight off the want to send a threat back, how to acknowledge a threat and what really means and much more. ” Fauteux explains; Fauteux main point to the book “Defusing Angry People” is to help people understand how to get out of a bullying situation or how to make it less of a problem.

In the book, “Students in Danger” by Rae Simons, it is mainly about how bullying affects students during school and after school. Simons states that “…there was a sixteen year old boy who killed his own grandfather and girlfriend, then went on to kill six more people in school and wounded seven. During the investigation the police learned that the other students were involved in planning the attack, and a number of other students knew something was going to happen. ” Simons gives examples about how most classmates comment about people that have committed violence in schools.

Some of the comments are: “He was weird. ”; “He was a quiet kid. ”; “Who would have thought he would do something like that”, and “They dressed different from the other kids. They were outsiders. ” The propose of the multiple sources is to open the eyes of the people that don’t see this kind of bullying in there every day life; many people aren’t aware of all the types of bullying in the world. This should open the minds of people, and make you think what could you do to make a difference in students that are being bullied.

Worked Cited Page

Banks, Ron. “Bullying in School.” Expository Reading and Writing course Materials 1993 – 1996: 70 – 72 Olweus, Dan. “A Profile of Bullying at School.” Expository Reading and Writing course Materials 1973 – 2003: 87 – 91

Internet Source:
Robinson and Segal, Lawrence and Jeanne. “Dealing with bullying and cyber-bullying.” Help Guide. April 2012. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/bullying.htm

Fauteux, Kevin. Defusing Angry People. New Jersey: Fauteux, 2011. Print Simons, Rae. Students in Danger. Pennsylvania: Mason Crest Publishers INC., 2009. Print