Anti-Bullying Programs

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Anti-Bullying Programs
Maryann Johnston
DeVry University

Anti-Bullying Programs
“You may have noticed that this years’ trendy trauma is bullying, which replaces last years’ obesity.” (Nachman, 2011). In his article Gerald Nachman recounts how years ago it was a part of being a kid in school to be teased at some point and it made you a stronger person to come through school surviving the process. There has been an increase in the sensational media coverage of violence attributed to bullying. Almost weekly, there are headline news items concerning acts of violence committed on school grounds, which involve shootings of innocent students by disgruntled gunmen. The underlying cause is portrayed to be a result of some sort of bullying at the hands of peers. One such incident which occurred in an Ohio High School resulted in the death of three students. The gunman’s motives were not clear but, “Yet even as police worked to secure the crime scene, one word quickly attached to the unfolding drama: bullying.” (Cloud, 2012). Further investigation discovered a connection to one of the victims through a former girlfriend of the shooter. The gunman had a troubled family situation which may have contributed to his resorting to violence as a solution. His case was one of bullying his classmates while being a victim of his rough childhood. As a result of these news items there has been a furor which has reached all the way to the President, who has urged school officials to push for legislation and stricter penalties for this abhorent behavior, even to the extent of sponsoring conferences with bullying as the focus.
“The President has called on school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies, and his chief civil rights litigator, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, thundered at the second conference that [we're sailing into an undeniable headwind of intolerance].”…...

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