Bullying Is On The Rise

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According to ABC news, in October 2013, bullying is on the rise. The last couple of years the news and social media have been filled with stories of bullying. Just last week, there was a story on ABC news about a fifteen year old autistic boy from Ohio, who was deceived into pouring a bucket of urine and feces on his head. The pranksters told the boy that it was for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ice bucket challenge. The boy trusted the pranksters and in return he was mortified. After finding out about this story, I began to wonder what makes someone bully others. I also started to think about how my high school bullying experience was, and how I had been at both sides of bullying. I then did some research on stopbulling.gov. According to the source, “1 in 4 children in the United States is a victim of bullying.” Bullying happens to all ages from pre-school all the way to elderly. I discovered that there are three primary causes how children become bullies: being bullied at home, peer pressure, and shame. The first cause that could create a bully is being bullied at home. When parents continually yell at their children, this shouting could make a child act out toward others. For example, my oldest nephew Hayden who is seven years old and is a bully. The incident happened at my daughter, Madisyn’s second birthday party, I was watching the kids jump in the jump house. I turned my back for a split second to hear Hayden yelling at Madisyn. I turned back around to see that Hayden had Madisyn pushed in the corner of the jump house picking on her. When I pulled Hayden aside and asked him what he was doing, he told me that he was just playing and that’s how his daddy plays with him. I told Hayden that he was being a bully to Mad... ... middle of paper ... ...d want to hide or just disappear from life. Shame can be experienced as a strong self-loathing that child to become a bully, because they tend to interpret what other children are ashamed of more easily. It seems easy to pick on another person who is ashamed of the same things as another person is. For example, I am ashamed of my weight and in return, I sometimes make fun of my husband Joey’s weight. I personally will make a remark to my husband about his shirt is too tight and he might need to lose a few pounds. I only do this when I’m feeling fat and or ugly. Bullying is a horrible trait to have. There are many reasons why kids bully other children. In my opinion, there is never a good reason to bully. I believe if we come together as a nation, and educate our younger generation on how to avoid becoming a bully, and then the issue will slowly resolve on its own.

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