Paper on Ron Banks' Article Titled Bullying in School

Paper on Ron Banks' Article Titled Bullying in School

According to Ron Banks, article of “Bullying in School,” 15% of students are bullied. Boys use more direct bullying while girls use more indirect bullying, such as rumors. Bullies tend to pick on others to feel powerful and strong but can lead to depression and suicide later on in life. Even if a student isn’t bullied, they can be just as traumatized by witnessing it.

Whether the bullying is direct or indirect, they key component of bullying is that the physical or psychological intimidation occurs repeatedly over
time to create an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse. (Batsche and Knoff).

Bullying isn’t the only thing students can suffer from, there’s also cyber bullying. Cyber bullying deals with cell phones, e-mails, instant messages, Internet blogs and chat rooms that can be used to threaten and harass students. Rosalind Wiseman states, “What makes cyber bullying so easy-and tempting- is the mask of anonymity the web provides, along with a potentially huge audience.” When cyber bullying someone, the bully can’t see the victim’s reactions to realize they have gone too far. When getting to the root of a bullying situation, officer Dishman and the Dean of Centennial High School say 80% of bullying or threats/harassment can be related back to text messaging. Because bullying can have such an impact and long term effects on a person’s life, a code of conduct must be informed to set rules and guidelines for such inappropriate behavior.

It is most likely that every school in the United States deals with bullying. Direct bullying can occur during elementary and high school but most likely junior high. On the other hand, verbal bullying can happen all through life. One or more students can bully victims with direct behaviors like hitting, stealing, taunting, teasing and threatening. La Shanda Trimble, 18, attends Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wis. and has dealt with bullying before. She is a Goth so the other students don’t approve of her. They would call her ugly and crazy and say things like, “She’s going to put a spell n you!” Trimble then wouldn’t go to school and became behind in her schoolwork. To keep bullies away, it’s important to not show any fear towards them, stick with friends and have confidence. The article, “Bullying Online,” exclaims. “Everyday you go to school is a triumph over the bullies because by being there you’re showing the that you have every right to be there and that there behavior hasn’t upset you as they’d hope.”

Bullies have walked among Centennial High School ever since it opened and have made many students’ lives not so pleasant. 184 students were surveyed among the school and asked four questions about bullying. When asked if a student has ever been bullied on campus, 33% said yes and 67% said no. 70% of students thought bullying wasn’t a problem at Centennial. Only 57% of students said they’ve never been bullied. That’s barley half! Even thought some students said they have been bullied, the important thing is 63% of students say they would help a victim if they saw them being bullied. The Dean of Centennial said there isn’t a problem with bullying just in schools but in all walks of life.

Because bullying can occur everywhere, a code of conduct must be developed to prevent from such bad behavior happening. If our school had a code of conduct, it can show students what isn’t acceptable. They may think it’s ok to bully kids but if they look at the code of conduct they can see it won’t be tolerated. I have created a code of conduct for students to maintain good behavior and not disrupt the learning process. The only way the code of conduct can be successful is if there are consequences such as suspension or explosion. Students can feel safe and secure at Centennial knowing this conduct exists:

Code of Conduct
1. No physical intimidation
2. No discriminating
3. No sexual harassment
4. No verbal threats
5. No cyber bullying/sexual cyber bullying
6. No name-calling
7. No stealing
8. No teasing/taunting
9. Keep your hands to yourself
10. Respect others

In the long run, bullies fail to learn how to cope and manage their emotions and the experience of bullying can be linked to violence.
According to Dr. William Coleman, professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of medicine, bullies are four times as likely as the average child to have engaged in criminal behavior by age 24; they also grow up deficient in social, coping and negotiating skills and are more likely to engage in substance abuse.”

Rachel Simmons, author of “Odd Girl Out,” tells teens about cyber bullying to, “Be the same person online that you are in real life. If you wouldn’t say it, don’t send it, ad remember: The Internet is like the bathroom wall. Secrets and privacy don’t exist online.” Know one wants to be bullied and know one wants to go through life with people telling them they are a bully and disrespectful. There’s only one simple solution, treat others the way you would want to be treated.