A single student who bullies can have a wide-ranging impact on the students they bully, students who observe bullying, and the overall climate of the school and community.
Students who are Bullied
Students deserve to feel safe at school. But when they experience bullying, these types of effects can last long into their future:
- Low self-esteem
- Health problems
- Poor grades
- Suicidal thoughts
Students Who Bully Others
Students who intentionally bully others should be held accountable for their actions. Those who bully their peers are also more likely than those students who do not bully others to:
- Get into frequent fights
- Steal and vandalize property
- Drink alcohol and smoke
- Report poor grades
- Perceive a negative climate at school
- Carry a weapon
Observers of Bullying
Students who see bullying happen also may feel that they are in an unsafe environment. Effects may include feeling:
- Powerless to act
- Guilty for not acting
- Tempted to participate
Schools with Bullying Issues
When bullying continues and a school does not take action, the entire school climate can be affected in the following ways:
- The school develops an environment of fear and disrespect.
- Students have difficulty learning.
- Students feel insecure.
- Students dislike school.
- Students perceive that teachers and staff have little control and don't care about them.