Ethical Effects Of Bullying In Schools

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Bullying is aggressive behavior among people that involves a real/perceived power imbalance, which has potential to be repeated over time. Every day students are being bullied online or face to face. Over 3.2 million people are bullied each year with 17% of American students reporting that they are bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a semester. One in every four teachers will see nothing wrong with bullying and will only take action 4% of the time, which results in 67% of students believing that schools respond poorly to bullying (https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-bullying). It’s unethical that the majority of teachers just sit around doing nothing when every day there are kids skipping school because they are too …show more content…
In Jay McGraw’s Jay McGraw 's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies, McGraw states “Up to 160,000 students stay home from school each day to avoid a bully. Besides bumps and bruises, flunking (or getting bad grades) is the biggest clue that a kid is getting bullied,” (p.77). In “11 facts about bullying” the student dropout rate is one in ten because of bullying. Though it may not seem like a lot it is 168,967 students dropping out of school in Florida alone (http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7584/urlt/MembershipFPS1516.xls). If the bullying keeps increasing then dropout rates will increase and cause more and more people to earn minimum wage or be below the poverty level due to a lack of education. This would mean lots of students who get bullied will not be able to afford basic necessities or realize the American dream of home ownership during their lifetime. Some students will cope in different ways such as self-harming themselves. A study showed that teenagers that were bullied between the ages of 7-10 were 400% more likely to engage in self-harm than children that weren’t bullied during that age period. Depression and anxiety may be symptoms of bullying which sometimes continues even after the bullying stops. Depression and anxiety could make normal everyday actives such as eating, sleeping, working, and exercising, harder to do and could sometimes lead to suicide. For example, in September 2013 a girl named Rebecca Sedwick, 12 years old, jumped to her death from atop an abandoned cement silo after a year and a half of bullying. If the teachers don’t even try and stop or intervene the bullying then these side effects of bullying will

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