In April 2007, 32 students were killed during the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University shooting. According to MSNBC news services, the student gunman was bullied and mocked by his classmates.
Forty percent of U.S. students voluntarily report being involved in bullying – as bullies or as victims – according to the results of the first national survey on this subject. Bullying is increasingly viewed as an important contributor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide. Case studies of the shooting at Columbine High School and other U.S. schools trace the multiple murders to bullying incidents.
In a survey of 558 students in a Midwestern middle school, 80 percent of the students had engaged in bullying behavior during the previous 30 days, verbally by Internet e-mail or instant messaging, such as teasing, name calling, spreading malicious rumors, ridiculing, and leaving students out of social activities deliberately and physically by damaging belongings, aggression, extortion, beating, and use of deadly force.
Given that most bullying goes unnoticed and unreported, Americans have been slow to react to behavior that is taking over our schools. Other countries deal with mean people, while in the United States, take-charge insolence, no matter how threatening, is rewarded in schools, in business, in sports, and in everyday life. Often those who stand up to a bully suffer retribution so that their only defense seems to be to turn to violence themselves.
School is a prime location for bullying, and its effects can last a lifetime. Bullying is one of the most underrated and enduring problems in schools today and is a reality in the lives of all children, whether they are bullies, victims, or witnesses.
Everyone knows who the bullies are. They pick on someone as a way to get power, or to get their way, or to feel self-important. They create an environment of fear among teachers, students, administrators, and support staff – the very people that victims look to for protection. Those people who allow bullying are the ones who need to work as a team to take action against it. Whether you are a parent, student, teacher, or school administrator, you will learn in this easy to read and comprehensive new book how to prevent and ultimately stop bullying going on around you. By doing so, you may even save lives.
First you will learn why bullying occurs and get at the root causes for it, why some children are victimized and why others are vicious, how to develop an anti-bullying policy, how students, parents, and teachers can work together to stop it before it goes too far. You will learn about cyber bullying, racist bullying, sexist bullying, phone or note bullying, gang bullying, teacher bullying, and sports bullying.
You will know how to evaluate the bullying problem in your school, develop anger management and conflict resolution skills, develop awareness of the problem, learn victim role playing and assertiveness training, develop an anonymous bullying reporting program, and how to provide better supervision of key areas of the school where bullying often occurs. You can develop anti-bullying projects, learn to stop someone from being bullied, know how to approach the parents of a bully, how to respond to the bully when you are a victim, how to make areas of the school safe, such as the hallways, the cafeteria, the stairs, and recess areas. You will learn how to LISTEN to victims, witnesses, and bullies, how to employ legal remedies and restraining orders, develop detailed procedures for investigating incidents, and punish the wrongdoer before the victim does.
All children deserve the right to go to school free of intimidation. Help make your school bully-free by the information contained in this ground breaking new book. If you are interested in learning essentially everything there is to know about stopping bullies and bullying, then this book is for you. 978-1-60138-021-0 1-60138-021-6 $24.95 CGB-02