The findings of researches conducted about violence send alarming signals about the issue of bullying. A study piloted by the United States Department of Justice shows that 1/3 of all adolescences report being bullied at school and 85% of bullying occurs in the presence of peers. [ 1; 67% ] The study also showed that boy bullies are likely to rely on corporal violence more than girl bullies, who often use teasing, rumor-spreading, exclusion, and social isolation. Bullies generally have some common features including undeveloped social skills, lack of kindness and empathy, weak control of desire and addiction of watching violent TV shows and playing more violent video games. (Sampson, 2003).
One might ask, what does this mean for those being bullied? It means that they cannot escape the abuse, not at school or at home, it follows them everywhere they go, until they are forced to make a choice, live with the abuse forever, commit suicide, or become a bully themselves. Many would say that society, through bullying, plays a large role in the mental and physical scars of many teens. More than seventy-five percent of students are harassed, bullied, or cyberbullied and experience physical, psychological, and/or emotional abuse. More than twenty percent of students admit to being a bully or participating in bully-like activities.
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n.d.). In the end, however, everyone experiences consequences. The bullies become lonely and violent while the victims suffer from depression. Family and societal issues have led many people to become aggressive and think that it is permissible to deliberately humiliate others; they will then gain an overwhelming power and a sense of autonomy from watching their victims' pain, which causes them to not realize the negative outcomes that they might encounter like loneliness, depression, and possibly even death. Most people believe that bullying is using verbal abuse purposefully to control other people ("Bullying info and facts" n.d.).
Bullying has gone from toilet swirling to life threatening events happening all over the world. Almost three million students worldwide, according to statistics done in 2010, are victims of bullying and two million students are the bully. Even though bullying is a part of growing up, cyberbullying and violent bullying happening in school today has children taking matters into their own hands. Bullying by Definition “Bullying is unwanted, deliberately hurtful behavior that is repeated over a period of time. Bullying is often about an imbalance of power- bullies may use their physical strength, popularity, or something they know about another person to harm or control others.” (World Book, 2014, P.4) The sporadic and dramatic events that occur in everyday life are not the same as bullying.
The bullying Piggy encounters and the bully Jack portrays himself to be in Lord of the Flies is very much alike to the bullying and the types of bullies that kids are being faced with today. Though, some may not understand how bullying can be dangerous and extremely hurtful, not only physically, but mentally; it is best to properly explain that bullying is actually defined as “intentional aggressive behavior characterized by an imbalance of strength or power” (Fields). KidsHealth, in 2004, with the help of children revealing that they are one of these bullies, provided a survey showing that “40 percent of children in between the ages of nine to thirteen are one of these bullies” (Turley). Unfortunately these are only the children who had the courage to confess that they were once a bully and or still are one. “Although bullying awareness is undeniably heightened, the casting of bullying in such a wide net, its redefinition as an epidemic” (Wayne).