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Bullying has Lasting Impact

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Student received a message from a bully on snap chat. 

Bullying, by definition, is the act of expressing aggressive behavior toward another person. It is a worldwide phenomenon occurring in schools, work places, and homes.
  Many things have been done to supposedly cease the bullying. But the question that many are asking is: why does bullying continue to be a problem?
  In the year 2016, an anonymous person created a twitter account. They asked for “roasts” or submissions. GHS students became targets for bullying.  
  Similarly, in 2017, someone created a Snapchat group titled “GHS Roast Snap” where unaware people became the laughing stock of GHS.
  “I think it’s kinda stupid,” Freshmen Morgan Tarlton said. “Because it isn’t fair to record or take photos of people, especially since most of the time they don’t know there was a photo or video taken until they looked at it.”  
  And although GHS Roast Snap was taken down, bullying and “roasting” students continues to be a problem on the GHS snap and daily school life. If students think that it’s so wrong to bully and make fun of people, why does it keep happening?
  Many speculate that it’s because it’s a coping mechanism for students. Others think it’s how the students were raised.
  “Honestly, I think it’s because most kids are either troubled or they think they’re better than everyone else. Teachers also tend to miss the bullying on the down low,” Freshmen student Julie Schmitt said.

  Teachers rarely see bullying. When they do, they don’t do much and excuse it as “normal part of child development.”

  They’re also ignoring the fact that bullying is indeed harmful to kids. Statistics say that people who are bullied are 7-9 percent more likely to consider suicide.

  “To be able to intervene with bullying, it is important to recognize the unique problems of bullies, victims, and bully-victims,” Jaana Juvone said, a psychologist who conducted a study on bullying. “In addition to addressing these issues directly with their patients, pediatricians can recommend schoolwide antibullying approaches that aim to change peer dynamics that support and maintain bullying.”

  All in all, if people want to considerably decrease bullying, certain actions need to be taken such as understanding why it happens and using methods that actually have proven to help. Students could also help by reporting social media accounts that are an outlet for bullying as well as standing up to one another.

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