Bullying VS Our Education By: Pavel Georgiev, Olivia Miller, Jose Esquer- Romero, Melody Fields, Jeffrey T. Stoll, Holly Davis, Paulina Flores, Cassandra Garcia, Kendall Chapman, and Luis Escalante
Background InfoThis project started when we began our Bullying unit in our English 9 class with Mrs. Trongale. Throughout this time period, all assignments were Once this unit was ending, we focused on cases of bullying were assigned to write an and incidents with students at essay in which we would different schools throughout provide evidence of bullying in the world. Not only were these schools around the country and cases gruesome and incidents in which victims horrible, but it was shocking to would go to extremes to end know that one person could end this torture. We also had to the life of one of their peers. It present a Code of Conduct for really was an eye-opening our own school which clearly experience and we learned to stated the consequences of respect others for who they are. bullying or any unruly behavior.
Bullying is…Bullying is different for all people. That is why it is so hard to encompass bullying and control it in school. But, it is not impossible to try, which is exactly what we are trying to do, and to implement in our school.In general, bullying could be defined as teasing, calling names, or physical fighting. But there is such deeper levels to it, including emotional and cyber- bullying.
Social Alienation This is when a bully excludes someone from a group on purpose in order to make them feel bad. It can also include spreading rumors about them.IntimidationWhen a bully threatens someoneand frightens them to make themdo the bully’s bidding Cyber-Bullying This is done by sending messages, pictures, or information using electronic media, computers, and cell phones to hurt that person.
The people who bully Bullying can happen others are obviously very anytime: before or after easy to point out at any school, or during school. school, but it may surprise Sometimes, it may even you that almost every kid is happen during class and a bully. Once one kid is the teacher may not even bullied, it is like falling notice. That is why it is vital dominoes, they eventually that staff is always on the bully another person and lookout for trouble. so onThe 4 W’s Again, bullying can occur It has been proved that the anywhere: inside a behavior bullies emit at classroom, out in the school usually comes from quad, or at the park. It can home. That is where they happen in unexpected learn to act and respect places at any time, making others and there may be a it hard to control, especially flaw at home, such as a in such a large school. divorce, abusive parents, etc.
Personal Entries These are some interviews that (Insert video here) we had with students at Eastlake High School. This not only proves that bullying is indeed a problem at EHS, but it also gives reason for us to create a new Code of Conduct for our school’s benefit.
Global Examples Bullying has become such a problem in schools and keeps rising as time passes by, and it does not seem to stop. Recent studies reported by The Malibu Times show that about 2.7 million students are bullied each year and about 25% of these students are bullied through means of technology. Bullying, if unchecked, can lead to tragic consequences, usually suicide or violent acts. One of the most recent incidents include 13-year-old Seth Walsh from Tehachapi, Calif., hung himself after years of being bullied because he was gay in 2010. In response, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in Oct. 2011 creating Seths Law. The new law requires school districts to implement policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, and a system for reporting and addressing complaints of such instances.
Global Examples Although suicides have usually occurred to gay, lesbian, or transgender teens it is not the only cause of it. One example would be 15 year-old Phoebe Prince, a new student from Ireland, reportedly suffered months of nearly constant stalking and harassment, and committed suicide after weeks of bullying on Facebook and at her high school. This boy to the right plead not guilty and ended up with a misdemeanor charge and 100 hours of community service. How is it possible that someone who led a girl to her death end up serving community service?
Effects of BulluingHow does this affect our school as a whole? If bullying does continue at the rate that it is going on right now, it will not be long before bullying becomes unstoppable at EHS. Students will be killing themselves, bringing guns to school for raids, and our motto will be devalued; “Where Todays Learning Shapes Tomorrow’s DOOM”! On the educational side of it, students will be getting lower grades on CSTs, SATs, and ACTs and will not be able to get a full education. Which means that will mark our school as low-ranking and budgets will be cut and it won’t be possible to return to the status we have so firmly held on to.
Effects of BullyingHow does this affect society in the end? If we become one of the lowest-ranking schools in our district, our community will also be affected. Everyone will drive past Eastlake High and smirk, children will have to resort going to Otay or Mater Dei, which we know are nowhere near our pattern of success we maintain at this moment. Also, the real estate market will drop more than it has already, no one will want to live in this part of town because who would want to go to a school that will allow terror be bestowed upon you and surely lead you to failure?
Benefits If we do create a Code of Conduct Focusing on the community, if for our school, and eventually the Eastlake High School does Sweetwater Union High School become a more sought-after District, it will help our school school, more people will want to become even more recognized move to this fantastic and safe than it already is and will in result community. Which will increase become more prestigious and house purchases (or apartment sought after by students and their rentals) and give rise to new families. Inside our own school, it businesses and services. Eastlake will help it become a safer haven would become a role model for all for students to focus on their other communities and/or cities. studies and their social life without having to worry about being judged. Bullies, by that time, will become so miniscule that it will not be such a big problem as it is right now and therefore students will be discouraged to break the rules.
If we do apply this new Code of Conduct to our school, in just a matter of years we can consult with the SUHSD Board to propose implementing it in all of their schools. Supposing that it would be successful in the majority of the schools, there is no reason why we cannot go all the way to county/state or, in a distant future, country! One great example of a situation like this one would be the program known as AVID. It started off as a single class in Clairemont High School here in San Diego in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson. If she was able to create a program now used in 4,500 schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories, what hold us back from stopping bullying at least in our own school? As students, we have experienced this completely first-hand and know how to handle these types of situations, and we also expect great success from this new project that along with our English teacher, Mrs. Trongale, have created.
THE ENDThank you for listening and have a wonderful afternoon!