In today’s society, more than 40% of students around the world have experienced bullying, and the numbers are constantly increasing.
The result of bullying can be classified into two forms: psychological and physical. For some people who have experienced severe bullying, they might have gone through both forms. According to the Helen Philips’ research who is a professor in San Diego University, psychological bullying can trigger anxiety, antisocial or behavioral disorders, insomnia, loss of self-worth and self-love. In physical ways, they would or could hurt themselves. The victims will be scared of making friends or even meeting or talking with others because of their trauma and memory. As a result, they would not be able to adapt to the society. They wouldn’t find a job, friends, or a lover. In physical ways, they would hurt themselves and they tend to be more aggressive than before they got bullied. Furthermore, in the worst situation, they could commit suicide. Recently, a new vocabulary was created among teenagers. Bullysicde is a term that is used when a suicide happens from the effects of bullying. Some people might consider it as not a big deal, because they think it does not happen often. However, I can firmly suggest they reconsider that. According to a research done by Child Study Center at Yale University, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
So, why does bullying exist? Recent statistics admit that more than 62% of American students are bullied because of the way they look and or the way they speak. They also found out that students bully others because they found it to be fun. This is ridiculous! If I rephrase the result of the statistics, it means that a student should receive ignorant remarks, violence, psychological trauma and ultimately kill themselves due to his/her distinct features? Or the way they speak? So what could be the solutions for this issue? First of all, due to the nature of this crime and the severe consequences; I think that the government should engage in this problem now. The government should send experts to every school to educate students about the weightiness of bullying and its injurious results. Moreover, school teachers and parents should take an active role in the lives of their children; communicate with them to find out if bullying exists in the school and to relieve their burdens. If a student is already deeply damaged, adults should provide him/her with the required psychological treatments. In this kind of problems, the aid of an adult is necessary. Fortunately, QISS does not have any kind of bullying among students. However, we still cannot put this issue aside due to the fact that we are living in one society and it might be our friends who may be suffering from bullying. Lastly, I want to remind my readers to be cautious and protective of your neighbors. If you see people near you experiencing difficulties of any kind… please step in and try and help them. If you don’t say anything or don’t help, you are actually taking the side of the Bully. Hurting others will always bring back hurt to you. Someone day you will experience the same and no one will stand up for you. So please, care for your peers.
By Jeff Cho