The school system is failing you and here is how. School is supposed to be a place where you can feel safe and learn a lot, but that’s not how it is. Bullying is a major problem, especially in schools. That’s what I am going to be talking about today.
This is based on my opinions, on my experiences and what I’ve been told by others. So, in my opinion, the school system is failing you. I have always been told that a school is a place where you can be safe and learn, but I find that far from the truth for a lot of students, not just nowadays but when I was in school and even before that. What I am talking about and referring to is bullying. Bullying is a huge problem in schools and I am here to talk about this.
- 60% of middle school students say that they have been bullied, while 16% of staff believes that students are bullied.
- 160,000 students stay home from school every day due to bullying. (NEA)
- 30% of students who reported they had been bullied said they had at times brought weapons to school.
- A bully is 6 times more likely to be incarcerated by the age of 24.
- A bully is 5 times more likely to have a serious criminal record when he grows up.
- 2/3 of students who are targets become bullies.
- 20% of all children say they have been bullied.
- 20% of high school students say they have seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.
- 25% of students say that teachers intervened in bullying incidents while 71% of teachers say they intervened.
- The average child has watched 8,000 televised murders and 100,000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school.
- In schools where there are anti-bullying programs, bullying is reduced by 50%.
- Bullying was a factor in 2/3 of the 37 school shootings reviewed by the US Secret Service.
(Status above from http://stopbullyingnowfoundation.org/main/)
- Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries
- At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently
- Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years
- 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying
- Any participation in bullying increases the risk of suicidal ideas in youth
- The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirited, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) is three times higher than heterosexual youth
- Girls are more likely to be bullied on the Internet than boys
- 7% of adult Internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life
- The most common form of cyber-bullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages, reported by 73% of victims
- 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis
These are just statistics from 2 sites that I got from 1 google search.
I have already told my story, which I covered in my post last week. You can read it HERE. It covers what I went through in school. Long story short, I got bullied my whole life going through school and the school system did nothing for me to help. Talking to a teacher never helped, it only ever made things worse.
School systems have the worst policies for handling bullies. The most they do is take the bully and the victim and put them in a room and talk to them, shake their finger at the bully and tell them what they are doing is bad, make them apologize, then send them both on there way and the teachers and staff fully believe that this works/helps. News flash, THIS DOES FUCK ALL BUT MAKE THINGS WORSE! (Sorry for the language). The only thing it will do is make things worse for the victim. They really need to do something better because the current policies do more harm than help.
Today’s question is, what does your school system do to help prevent bullying and do you think it works?
Thank you so much for reading my post, this one hit a little closer to home because I got bullied a lot while growing up and I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through. Don’t forget to Have a great day!