Bullycide: A Cause and Effect

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Donald and Jimmy were completely tired of their bully, Michael. He stood an entire foot taller than both of them and was the master of intimidation. He forced them to do everything for him including chores and homework. He also found it entertaining to punch and throw things at them. Little did he know that this would all end very soon. One warm morning in the summer of 1946, the boys brought the 11-year-old to a nearby pond.

They stood there in horrid as they watched Michael use his knife to carve a living turtle right out of its shell along the shore. He was just heartless and as he leaned in to get a closer look at his gruesome accomplishment, the boys hit him on the head with a bat. They continued to hit him again and again and again, until Michael was left there motionless.

Even dating back as early as 1946, there have been countless stories about bullying. People who were bullied have committed suicide, but more people are at risk than just the victims. Regardless of whether you are a bully or a victim of a bullying, this issue is one of the major causes of juvenile homicide today.

Bullying, occurs “when a student is repeatedly harmed, psychologically and/or physically, by another student or a group of students. Bullies are usually physically, psychologically, or socially stronger than the children they bully. It is important to realize that bullying may present itself in different forms, including, but not limited to, physical assaults or aggressions, verbal and/or physical threats, intentional exclusion from a group, spreading rumors, menacing gestures or faces, or repeated name calling” (Olweus).

Bullying has a significant effect on kids who are subjected to it. This can be related to a dog. For example, if you const...

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