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  • Bullying is something that affects everybody nationwide, if you are the bully or if you’re the person being bullied. 1 out 4 people fall victim of bullying. Bullying is an aggressive behavior that involves continues unwanted negative actions and involves a pattern of this behavior over a repeated time. Bullying is also an imbalance of power or strength, usually from one person to another. If someone is consistently bullying someone they are exhibiting this “strength” or “power” over someone who is falling the victim. Citation: 2:
  • Citation: & are a lot of reasons as to why people bully. One of those reasons is to show that they’re in charge, they essentially want to show whose boss in the situation. By bullying and pushing other kids around a bully feels superior, the exact feeling and accomplishment they wanted to achieve. Being a bully doesn’t make you popular, but it gives a person a reputation as being tough, and the more people are scared of someone the more feeling of superiority they feel. A bully may also feel insecure about themselves, and therefore react through violence, and making someone else feel badly about themselves. With insecurities follows jealously another factor as to why a person bullies. The victim might be smart, or beautiful, but by bullying them a bully regains the negative attention they wanted in the first place.
  • Bullying is often a factor in school related deaths. Between 15% and 30% of students are bullies or victims of bullying. While 3.7 million youths engage in and 3.2 million youths are victims of moderate or serious bullying each year. Statistics :
  • In schools nationwide 1 out of 5 students admitted to being a bully, or admitted to doing some form of bullying whether it be physical, mental, or emotional. 100,000 students carry a gun or weapon to school, and 28% of these students have witnessed violence at home. 43% of harassment occurs within school bathrooms, 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically. 30% of students nationwide in grades 6 through 10 are involved in frequent or moderate bullying, and 8% of students have missed 1 day of class a month because of the fear of being bullied. Citation: 1: 2:
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  • Physical bullying is a form of physical abuse and can take form in hitting, pushing, tripping, slapping, or spitting. It occurs most often at schools, but also occurs on the way to and from school. Physical bullying is more likely to occur among males. Students who bully often have trouble with self-control, following rules, and caring for others. They are also at a higher risk for problems later in life such as violence, criminal behavior or failure in relationships or careers. Citation:
  • Verbal bullying involves factors other than physical interaction like bad names, derogatory remarks, social isolation, lies or false rumors. Though physical bullying occurs amongst males, verbal or emotional bullying occurs more amongst females. Verbal and emotional bullying is more commonly seen than physical bullying. Though verbal bullying can reach a point where a victim is so depressed, and even turns to suicide or substance abuse. Citation:
  • Pack bullying is bullying done in a group. Pack bullying is seen more in high schools, can be either physical or emotional and can be in person or in cyberspace. In person it can take place in schoolyards, school hallways, sports fields, classrooms, or on a school bus. While Individual bullying is one-on-one bullying that can take place in cyberspace or in person and can also be physical or emotional. Individual bullying can take place everywhere that pack bullying can take place but also in smaller areas like bathrooms, where larger groups can’t fit. Citation: 1: 2:
  • Cyber bullies usually use there computer screens or phone screens to hide behind who they really are. In real life they are most likely victims of bullying themselves, and cyber bullying is way for them to feel powerful. A cyber bully will usually post a demeaning message on someone’s Facebook page, upload embarrassing photos, or spread gossip or rumors that aren’t true through through text messages, or instant messages. The effects of cyber bullying are psychological, and usually lead to severe depression. Citation: 1: 2: 3:
  • 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful being said online. Statistics: 1: 2:
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  • in text bullying. Text bullying can happen 24 hours a day at any place even at home, which is usually the place that most victims go to get away from the bully. Text bullies are meaner because they don’t see there victim, and victims respond by sending mean messages back which then turns them into a bully themselves. Text bullying can lead to many negative repercussions like depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, violence, and even suicide.Citation: 1: 2: 3:
  • Citation: you ever run into a bully there are a lot of things you can do to stand up for yourself. Ignoring them is always going to be your best option, bullies want a big reaction when they tease you, if you show them you don’t care and walk away they might just stop bullying you altogether. Being brave and confident without bullying back is another way to dodge a bully. Tell the bully to stop it, show them your confidence, show them you don’t care, bullies usually go after kids that don’t stand up for themselves. The number one rule is to not be a bully yourself against a bully, don’t stoop to violence to solve your problem because it’ll only make the situation worse. Bullies want you to fight back, they want the negative attention, they thrive off seeing you sad. And always tell an adult about your situation, whether it be a guidance counselor, parent or principal. Bullying is wrong, we all have a voice, and to resolve the issue you need to speak up.
  • Suicide took 30,622 lives in 2001; it outnumbered homicides by 3 to 2, and there were twice as many deaths due to suicide than deaths due to HIV/AIDS. Teen suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among young adults 15-24. There are many warning signs to tell if someone is depressed and falling behind. Factors like sadness, hopelessness, low self-esteem, talking about death or suicide, not caring about appearance, problems in school like failing grades, getting into trouble, not paying attention in school, loss in interest to do things they enjoy like sports activities or hobbies. Many people deal with depression, and many people who deal with depression feel as though suicide is the only option but suicide is not your option. Citation: 1: 2:
  • According to ABC News, 160,000 kids stay home from school each day because of bullying. 30% of students are either victims or bullies themselves, bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide then non-victims. A study in Britain found that half of suicides among teens were related to bullying. Girls between the age of 10 and 14 are more likely to commit suicide because of bullying, and bully related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying it be physical, emotional, or cyber. Citation:
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  • Corrine Wilson was born September 30, 1991, was the youngest of four children, and the only girl of her family. As a baby she had beautiful blonde curly hair, hand big blue eyes. When she was two years old her mother and father split up, and her mother remarried a man she considered her father at a young age. The family moved to Rockdale, Texas in 2000, a move her mother thought would be healthy. But from the moment she entered school Corrine already missed her old friends, her old school, and her old life. She decided to play softball, but the team of girls were already really skilled in the sport. After every practice she would come home and cry because the girls were making fun of her inability to play. Her mother thought talking to the coach would help, but instead the girls just excluded Corrine at practices and now more in school. She would come home from school crying almost everyday saying “No one likes me, I hate it here.” In 6th grade Corrine was growing up and boys were sparking an interest in her, making the girls jealous, they would exclude her and make fun of her even more. They would tell her hair was frizzy, call her ugly, fat, but then the next day act like were her friends. She had been selected to sing in a karaoke contest in Waco County, Texas, an accomplishment that left her gleaming with excitement and happiness. But the same group of girls who have been excluding Corrine began saying she couldn’t sing, and continued with their usual taunts of calling her fat and ugly. On October 6th, 2004 one of those girls slapped Corrine in gym class and called her a whore. All day they continued to bully her, writing her notes saying she had ratty hair, that they wished she was dead, and that she should kill herself. She left school that day crying, and went home and drew devil horns on the girls yearbook pictures. When her mother came home that evening she found her beautiful 13 year old daughter dead by a single gunshot to the head. There was no note, her parents never got to watch there only daughter perform at the karaoke competition instead they buried her. Citation:
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  • Ryan Halligan was another victim of bullying, another victim who took their own life because they didn’t, wouldn’t, and couldn’t deal with the pressures and stresses bullies were putting on them every single day. Ryan had the ability to make anyone near him smile, and he moved neighborhoods twice as a child. In kindergarten he developed an issue with his speech, language, and motor skill development putting him in special ED classes. By 5th grade though he no longer needed these classes, but school would always be an issue for Ryan. By this time though kids began to bully him on his academic weaknesses and poor physical coordination. His parents encouraged him to ignore their cruel words, but Ryan’s self-esteem slowly began to plummet. By 7th grade Ryan had a meltdown, the same group of boys were bullying him and he never wanted to go back to school. His parents were at a loss for what to do, Ryan suggested they help him learn to fight so he could beat them up if they picked on him again. By February 2003 after his mother and him had completed Taebo kickboxing lessons, he got into a fight with the bully, and was proud of his actions because he got a few punches in. Things from there only escalated. The bully befriended him, and then spread a rumor that Ryan was gay. In 8th grade Ryan approached a girl he had been talking to over the summer, but she told him how much of a loser he was and that she was only joking. She copied and pasted their i/m conversations and sent them to all her friends. His mother said, “some call it bullycide or even cyber bullycide. I just call it a huge hold in my heart that will never heal.” Citation:
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  • April Himes was born on April 27th, 1986 and her life was taken abruptly on February 14th, 2000. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends. She enjoyed painting, singing, choir, gardening, skiing, and roller skating. But in school she was constantly bullied, told she was fat and ugly, and told that a single flaw on her face was horrible and disgusting. She was also physically bullied, which only made the situation worse. Before her death she had missed 53 school days, and attempted suicide. Her parents sought counseling for April, but the harassment at school continued. On the morning of February 14th her middle school gave her an ultimatum; go to school or appear before a truancy board, a truancy board that could send her to Juvenile Jail. Unfortunately April made another choice, a choice that would end her life, and change the life of her family and the people close to her forever. Citation:
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  • Kristina Calco was born on December 26th, 1989. She was a 4.0 honor student, was part of the yearbook, newspaper, and broadcasting staff. She participated in cheerleading and played on the volleyball, swimming, and track team, and also joined the school Ski club. Kristina was also artistic, her work was featured on the school yearbook, and she was picked to design the school t-shirts. She was so artistic she was even offered a scholarship at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a prestigious prep school. But everyday people would ridicule and torment her, calling her ugly and fat. At home she would keep silent about being bullied, her parents saw it as a phase without realizing just how much she was keeping silent about. She set her standards high for herself, and strived for perfection in everything she did. Her self imposed pressures, and the pressures she received from being bullied eventually consumed her and ate her alive. She wrote blogs, journal entries, and poems on Myspace and eventually posted her suicide note there. Citation: &
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  • At 7:15 on April 16th, 2003 police receive a call to go to a dormitory room inside West Ambler Johnston Hall, inside they find 2 gunshot victims, from there the campus was immediately secured, and students were advised to stay in there dorms. At 9 am he mailed a manifesto to NBC. The manifesto contained 1,800 words total, 43 images, and 27 video clips. 29 of the images showed Seung-Hui with his weapons, 2 images were smiling portraits, and the remaining were pictures of the weapons he used in the massacre. The 27 video clips ranged from 6 minutes to 16 seconds, and none of it was time coded, but they all had their own titles. All of the video clips containedSeung-Hui rambling angrily about how he felt trapped in a world against him. Five of the video clips were titled, “end” “end 1” “end 2” “end car” and “end some life,” and were the last of his clips to be recorded. He doesn’t mention anybody by name, but refers to the general population of Virginia Tech as “brats” and “snobs with Mercedes and trust funds” In his manifesto he is heard saying, "You have vandalized my heart, raped my soul and torched my conscience.” At 9:45 police are notified of a shooting at Norris Hall. Later they’ll find the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho dead by suicide, 32 total people fell victim to his rampage, 25 others were wounded.Image 1: 2: & &
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  • Senior Graduation Project

    1. 1. 3<br />2<br />1<br />5<br />4<br />Bullying & Harassment In Schools<br />By Meghan Theisen<br />“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” <br />– Eleanor Roosevelt<br />
    2. 2. Thesis<br />
    3. 3. Personal Relevance<br />I decided to do this project because I’ve been in the situation where I’ve been teased and made fun of. I’ve also been in the situation where I felt like suicide was the only way out of a rough situation. Seeing the recent suicides, especially among gay students, sparked an anger and concern within me. I want to leave my footprint in someway shape or form. <br />
    4. 4. What is Bullying?<br />An aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions<br />Involves a pattern of behavior over a repeated time<br />Involves an imbalance of power or strength<br />
    5. 5. Why Do People Bully?<br />To show they are in charge <br />They’re insecure with themselves <br />They’re victims of bullying or had once been a victim of bullying<br />Jealously <br />
    6. 6. Between 15% & 30% of students are bullies or victims of bullying<br />3.7 million youths engage in & 3.2 million are victims of moderate or serious bullying each year <br />1<br />
    7. 7. 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically<br />8% of students say they missed 1 day of class a month for fear of bullies <br />
    8. 8. 87% of teenagers said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them” <br />39% of middle schoolers & <br />36% of high schoolers say they don’t feel safe at school<br />
    9. 9. The Types of Bullying<br />
    10. 10. Physical Bullying<br />Occurs most often at schools but can occur on the way to and from school<br />Socially marginalized for reasons including weight, ethnicity, or other characteristics making it harder for them to fit in<br />The bully or bullies intend to hurt, embarrass, or intimidate the victim<br />
    11. 11. Emotional or Verbal Bullying<br />Verbal bullying is just as harmful as physical bullying<br />Can affect one’s self image<br />Can affect someone in emotional and psychological ways<br />
    12. 12. School Bullying<br />Pack Bullying <br />Individual Bullying<br />
    13. 13. Cyber Bullying<br />Cyber bullying is when someone is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using technology<br />Text messages and cell phones are also used to harass a victim<br />Cyber bullying like any other type of bullying is an attempt to make someone feel about him or herself <br />
    14. 14. 42% of kids have been bullied while online<br />1 in 4 have had it happen more then once<br />35% of kids have been threatened online<br />1 in 5 have had it happen more then once<br />
    15. 15. Tips for Stopping a Cyberbully<br />Don’t respond<br />Don’t retaliate or be a bully yourself<br />Save the evidence; Don’t erase the messages<br />Talk to a trusted adult<br />
    16. 16. Text Bullying<br />9 out 10 teens have a cell phones <br />Can happen 24 hours a day even at home; home is usually a place for a victim to get away from the bully<br />Text bullies are meaner because they don’t see there victim<br />
    17. 17. Tips if you run into a bully<br />Ignore them<br />Stand up for yourself; be brave and confident <br />Don’t bully back; violence isn’t the solution<br />Don’t show how your really feeling <br />Tell an adult<br />
    18. 18. Suicide<br />11th leading cause of death in the United States<br />8th leading cause of death for males<br />19th leading cause of death for females <br />
    19. 19. Bullying and Suicide<br />Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide then non-victims<br />Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying<br />
    20. 20. “Bullycide”<br />
    21. 21. Corrine WilsonSeptember 30th, 1991- October 6th, 2004<br />
    22. 22. Moved to Rockdale, Texas in 2000<br />She played softball on a team of girls who were already considerably good<br />She would cry after every single practice<br />They would tell her she was fat, ugly, and exclude her<br />They told her she should go kill herself <br />
    23. 23. 1<br />3<br />2<br />1<br />Ryan HalliganDecember 18th, 1989- October 7th, 2003<br />
    24. 24. The same group of boys taunted and teased him from 5th grade until 8th grade<br />His first girlfriend called him a loser and told him she wanted nothing to do with him<br />She copied and pasted the instant message between them to all her friends<br />“Some call it bullycide or even cyber bullycide. I just call it a huge hole in my heart that will never heal.”<br />
    25. 25. April HimesApril 27th, 1986- February 14th, 2000<br />
    26. 26. Enjoyed painting, singing, choir, gardening and spending time with her family and friends <br />She missed 53 school days because of bullying<br />She was called fat, ugly, and physically bullied daily<br />
    27. 27. 2<br />Kristina CalcoDecember 26th, 1989- December 4th, 2005<br />3<br />5<br />4<br />1<br />6<br />7<br />8<br />
    28. 28. A 4.0 honor student who always strived for perfection<br />She was very artistic<br />Was part of the yearbook, newspaper, and broadcasting staff <br />She played on the volleyball, swimming, and track teams <br />Was constantly tormented and called ugly<br />
    29. 29. School Shootings Caused by Bullying<br />The Downfall of Seung-Hui Cho<br />On Monday April 16th 2007 he killed 32 people and wounded 25 people in the Virginia Tech Massacre <br />
    30. 30. Born in South Korea<br />Came home from school in the 1st grade crying throwing tantrums because he didn’t want to go<br />Moved to America in the 2nd grade<br />Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder which inhibited him from speaking <br />Throughout high school he was teased for his shyness and inability to talk<br />Was always alone <br />They would tell him to “Go back to China”<br />
    31. 31. In 1999 after the Columbine massacre he was transfixed by the event<br />He wrote on his binder “F you all I hope you all burn in hell.” <br />In a school assignment he wrote that he wanted to “repeat Columbine”<br />
    32. 32. In College…<br />Poet professor Nick Giovanni removed him from her class 6 weeks into the semester<br />He intimidated female students by photographing their legs underneath the desk<br />He wrote obscene and violent poetry <br />Always wore sunglasses; even indoors <br />Described as awkward, lonely and insecure<br />He wouldn’t respond to someone if he was greeted <br />He was involved in 3 different stalking incidents <br />
    33. 33. The Morning of the Shooting<br />He mailed a manifesto to NBC at 9:01 am the day of the shooting<br />Contained 43 images of him with the weapons<br />Contained 27 video clips of angry rants<br />
    34. 34. Ross AbdallahAlameddine<br />Jamie Bishop<br />Ryan Clark<br />The Victims <br />Brian Bluhm<br />Austin Cloyd<br />Jocelyne Couture-Nowak<br />
    35. 35. Daniel Perez Cueva<br />Kevin Granata<br />Matthew Gwaltney<br />Caitlin Hammaran<br />Jeremy Herbstritt<br />Rachael Hill<br />
    36. 36. Emily Hilscher<br />Jarrett Lane<br />Matt La Porte<br />Henry Lee<br />LiviuLibrescu<br />G.V. Loganathan<br />PartahiLumbantoruan<br />Lauren Ashley McCain<br />
    37. 37. Dan O’Neil<br />Michael Steven Pohl Jr<br />Juan Ortiz<br />MinalPanchal<br />Erin Peterson<br />Julia Pryde<br />Mary Karen Read<br />ReemaSamah<br />WaleedShaalan<br />Leslie Sherman <br />Maxine Turner<br />Nicole Regina White<br />
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    41. 41. Students Threatened or Injured With a Weapon at School<br />
    42. 42.
    43. 43. Rates of Bullying and other School Discipline Problems <br />
    44. 44. Students Who Carried a Weapon to School <br />
    45. 45. Class Activity <br />
    46. 46. Alyssa’s Story<br />
    47. 47. Colleen’s Story<br />
    48. 48. Application<br />
    49. 49. Citations<br />