Bullying growing problem on campus, nationwide


Tristan Niedermeier
Eagle Staff

Bullying is a major problem that strikes schools in the United States.

It is conducted through different portals of communication, either through text, the internet or even face-to-face.

Bullying is a virus that inhabits public, as well as private schools. It affects all people, regardless of what their status in life may be.

If one person is the subject of bullying, they can further spread it throughout the school by being a bully to others.

I personally have not been bullied to an extent where it has became a problem, but I have been called names.

Getting called names and getting made fun of is not kind and it can lead to a lowering in a person’s self esteem.

Some people take it lightly, and others do not.

Regardless of how you feel, bullying is a problem and must be dealt with. Kids should not go through their academic career being bullied and push around.

Although bullying is not one of the most prominent issues here at school, it is nonetheless a problem.

Unlike our school, bullying is a problem at the majority of other public schools throughout the country. Bullying cannot only affect the way people feel about themselves, but can also lead to lower grades and a lack of participation in school activities.

Also, bullying can lead to psychological problems and an inability to deal with people socially.

The psychological affect a bully imprints on a student can be detrimental and lead to depression.

Social networking has spread bullying and made it much easier for the bully. Social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow kids and teens to harass each other with the click of a button.

Texting has also made bullying more efficient, because the bully can text the person directly.

Students witness other students being bullied everyday.

About 56 percent of students in the country have witnessed some form of bullying take place at school, according to a survey by Bullying Statistics.

Many students bully others everyday with out knowing it.

Students here take it as “just joking around,” and in many cases it is, but sometimes we go too far and hurt others. Students have to be aware of what they say to other people.

A lot of bullying on campus involves racism.

Making fun of peoples skin color and culture is nothing new. It happens all the time and is one of the most prominent forms of bullying.

Many do not think they are making racist jokes, until they are shown how ugly and hurtful their words are.

After the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986, an experiment was conducted by a third grade teacher named Jane Elliott on her third grade class.

First she divided the class by eye color, brown-eyed and blue-eyed people.

At first, the brown-eyed students were not allowed to interact with the blue-eyed students. The students with different eye color were not allowed to play together at recess, drink out of the same water fountain or use the same rest room. The brown-eyed students were seen as “different.”

The next day she switched the scenario, she separated the blued-eyed students from the brown-eyed students. The blue-eyed students were now seen as “different.”

Her experiment with her third grade class revealed that when students feel subordinate their productivity declines and their grades suffer. When students feel superior and better than another group of people they increase in their class activity and grades.

Jane Elliott felt that racism was a problem and she developed this experiment to show her kids that skin color, or any other type of difference between people, should not cause prejudice.

Jane’s experiment, called a “A Class Divided”, was aired on Frontline and shocked millions of people world wide

I had no idea that the prejudice influenced by some difference could have such an impact on the way a person acts and is affected in their everyday life.

This experiment is a warning for students here at school.

Bullying and prejudice caused by students, teachers and administration clearly have, and will continue to have a negative effect on our student body.