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:
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.
Bullying may vary greatly between schools and school districts, but it is very prevalent:
Statistics show that 23 percent of students in grades 4-6 had been bullied "several times" or more; 20 percent had bullied others. (1998 study of 6,500 students in rural South Carolina)
Statistics show that 17 percent of students in grades 6-10 reported having been bullied "sometimes" or more, with 8 percent being bullied once a week. 19 percent said they had been a bully to others "sometimes" or more. (2001 study of 15,000 U.S. students)
Studies have found that while boys tend to use overt forms of aggression (such as physical and verbal aggression) in bullying, girls' bullying behaviors often focus on damaging an individual's social connections within the peer group (e.g., Crick & Grotpeter, 1995; Crick, Casas, & Ku, 1999).
School Safety Plan Staff shall consistently enforce board policy and regulations which establish rules for appropriate student conduct, including prohibitions against bullying, cyber bullying, harassment of students, hazing, other violence or threats of violence against students.
Positive School Climate The school shall promote non-violent conflict resolution techniques to encourage attitudes and behaviors that foster harmonious relations. As a part of this effort, students shall be taught the skills necessary to reduce violence, including communication skills, anger management, bias reduction and mediation skills.