Cyber Bullying Cause And Effect Essay

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Have you or anybody that you know ever been bullied? Do you ever find yourself thinking that the cyber bullies do it for the attention? Imagine this: your head is spinning, your palms are sweating, and you find that everybody is just pointing and laughing at you. Tears run down your face as you think that this is not real life. What would you do in this situation? Would you stand up for yourself or your friend? These thoughts and actions are just the start for one suffering from bullying. It can potentially go as far as changing their natural course of life. Many people say that cyberbullying is detrimental to one’s developmental growth and could eventually lead to the extreme of suicide. What should we, as a society, do to stand up to the …show more content…
Psychologists deem that the psychological effects of cyberbullying bleed over into school time and impinge on an individual’s learning and developing environment. For example, Hanna DiMassimo, a high school freshman from New Jersey, believes that being bullied online makes school unbearable because when she was bullied she was anxious about encountering her bullies in the classroom so much that her grades suffered (Menza 1). Societal anxiety is so common that enough people consider dropping out of school so that they do not have to face their …show more content…
An opinion of Natalie Eng, a high school senior from California, thinks that allowing schools to punish online bullies would be passing the disciplinary line because what they do off campus is in the power of their own personal jurisdiction (Menza 2). In fact, many people believe that they have the power of the first amendment when it comes to bullying. In 1969, in Tinker versus Des Moines Independent Community School District, the Supreme Court recognized the collision of students’ free speech and school safety (Hostetler 3). It is no doubt that with teenagers and their sense of freedom; they believe that they can do whatever they want. This follows the idea that because they are a citizen and they have the right to free speech, that they can use that power to harm others, potentially putting a student’s safety at risk. This is an issue because if you somebody cannot feel safe at school, then what is the point of going? Now that technological devices are in play in today’s society, Judge Wilson has recognized that the school has authority to restrict speech if it “impinges upon the rights of other students” (Hostetler 10). However, over the years, more and more cases get brought to court because of the holes in the Tinker case. And with those holes comes the conclusion that off campus cyberbullies can only be punished by the school system if it affects the victim’s on campus

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