Bullying: A Public Health Crisis Essay

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On any given school day, 30% of American teenagers are classified as perpetrators, sufferers, or bystanders of bullying, and 3.2 million kids are on the receiving end of bullying each year (Greenya). Some kids today wake up early during the school week anticipating another day of school. To them, it’s like a home away from home that provides a safe environment to learn, interact with peers, grow up, develop a sense of self, and make impressions of how they want to be perceived in the world. Of course, there are also occasional moments of complete anxiety: a week of final exams, a nerve-wracking class presentation, or doing well in a composition class. However, for the other kids, anxiety is an everyday problem. For them, the weekend …show more content…
Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the growing epidemic of Cyberbullying, also referred to as “Electronic Aggression”, as an “emerging public health problem” (Cyberbullying). While all kids can be identified as targets of this mindless abuse, certain groups appear to be much more at risk than others. In 2002, a report by the National Mental Health Association, who surveyed school aged children between the ages of 12 through 17 years old, found the following groups of teenagers to be bullied most frequently: Overweight (85%), gay or thought to be gay (78%), those who dress differently (76%), and those with disabilities (63%) (Greenya). Additionally, bullies do not choose victims by just these characteristics. Another study found that “Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet” (Asian Americans). Moreover, bullying behaviors are not limited to the United States. A recent study in Canada found that over fifty three percent of students were the victims of bullying, and an additional twenty five percent experienced cyberbullying (Li). It seems that being a part of the minority in some way would be enough pressure for the average high school student to endure, but the impact of being

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