School Bullying Case Study

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School Bullying and the Need for Policy Change
The Need for Change
Bullying is an aggressive form of behavior. A behavior that is often intentional and most likely repeated by either one or more persons. It is this cruel act of bullying, which is reflective of emotional, verbal, and or physical embarrassment, shame, or indignity and can also, cause anxiety, depression, pain, injury, or even death to anyone who is the target of a bully. This is because bullies usually exemplify some form of power by either their social status or a physical appearance of strength and with this sense of power they find pleasure in bullying the ones who are vulnerable or less weak. Unfortunately, bullies can be everywhere, such as: schools, neighborhoods, communities,
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This is why, establishing significant approaches of problem resolution, as well as regulations and penalties for bullying prevention, which focuses on efficient disciplinary methods that can significantly aid in deterring bullying within the school environment. To aid the schools in establishing appropriate disciplinary methods, the Social-Ecological Theory can be utilized because it allows for a functional approach for understanding individualized characteristics of each bully and the repercussions for bullying. By understanding the social and ecological contexts that are influencing each bully, the Social-Ecological Theory can help identify essential elements, which will enhance a feeling of relationship connection of the student at the level of the mesosystems while also, supporting disciplinary methods within each student’s level of the microsystem positions. There are three identified hypotheses: disciplinary methods of suspension or detention, which takes the student out of class or school and next, disciplinary methods of privilege loss, which impedes peer interactions, and last, disciplinary methods of a conference involving the student, their teachers, and principle. Given these three identified hypotheses, it is speculated …show more content…
All students, which also, includes every race, gender, ethnic culture, and socioeconomic class with the variation of bullying differing based on cultural differences, but remaining consistent in regards to social status and social or physical power of the bullies. A student’s race, ethnicity, gender, and educational grade level has a substantial affect when it comes to school bullying. This means that African American students and males are more prevalently identified, as being bullies rather than being a target of bullying. It is the African American students and males who are more engaging in physically aggressive bullying whereas, middle school students engage in both indirect and direct bullying. When continuing to consider gender related bullying, females have been reported to be indirect targets of bullying. Also, bullying has been identified to be two times greater at the middle school grade levels. This is because the students at the middle school level are more likely trying to justify themselves by being cool in order for acceptance and fitting in with the students who are older. This can also, be true for the African American and male population. Even though race, ethnicity, and gender are defined differences, there still could be a positive change for when it comes to bullying and shaping life experience through the identification of the bullies

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