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A nation without a conscience is a nation without a soul A nation without a soul is a nation that cannot live -Winston Churchill Youre fat Youre ugly Your skinny You stink Youre Hopeless How many times have you heard this said to someone you know or even to yourself Maybe its just been to tease and not really meant to hurt You know - just kidding this type of behavior may have been tolerated in the past but no longer Due to increased violence in High School schoolyard bullies will no longer be tolerated Bullying has a serious epidemic among schools A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says bullying is a serious widespread problem Of more than 15000 US students in grades 6 through 10 almost 30 percent said they were occasionally or frequently involved in bullying Over 13 percent of these kids were involved as the bully Another 11 percent of these kids were the target of bullying Lastly only 6 percent of these kids were involved as both a bully and a target NY-WABC Being bullied is not just an unpleasant rite of passage through childhood said Duane Alexander MD director of the NICHD Its a public health problem that merits attention People who were bullied as children are more likely to suffer from depression and low self esteem well into adulthood and the bullies themselves are more likely to engage in criminal behavior later in life National Institutes of Health Many people can look at a situation but not actually know if bullying is taking place or not Bullying is any abusive behavior by one or more students against a victim or victims It can be a direct attack -- teasing taunting threatening stalking name-calling hitting making threats coercion and stealing Focus Adolescent Services Bullying can also be done in less direct attacks such as gossiping and intentional exclusion Victims of bullying suffer consequences
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