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Bullying in School

June 1, 2011
By CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius


If you saw bullying, what would you do to stop it? Would you stand by and let it happen, take part in it or try to stop it? Not many students think about this, and that’s part of the problem.


‘Treat others the way you want to be treated.’ That’s the Golden Rule and it should be followed in every aspect of your life. If someone was in a position to stop you from being bullied and did nothing, how would you feel? If you find that unacceptable, you must do everything you can to stop others from hurting people.


Are you even remotely aware of how much pain these victims feel every day? They go to school knowing they’re going to be hurt and they see no way out. This is because people like you and many others stand by and let it happen without contemplating how much pain this is causing people. Ask yourself this: How would you feel if you were in the victim’s position and could see no end to your pain?


When the victims see no way out, they may choose to tragically end their life, leaving more hurt behind for those who were unable to stop it. Canada has the third-highest teen suicide rate of all the industrialized nations, with 15 deaths per 100,000 people. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24, behind motor vehicle accidents. The death of a young person is always a waste of life, so how many more lives must be wasted before something is done?


If you condone bullying in any way, shape or form, you are taking part in it. Bullying is everyone’s responsibility and the option of doing nothing is unacceptable in civilized society. Some people may consider mocking someone funny, even though it is anything but funny to the victim. Small jabs taken every day can add up to a lot of pain and suffering. While it may seem innocent to the person taking the shots, the cumulative effect of these daily jabs could be devastating. In addition to that, as the pain increases, each jab cuts a little deeper.


Bullying can happen in school, so it is the responsibility of students to protect their classmates and to show everyone the dignity and respect they would like to be treated with. The first line of defense in bullying is in student’s own behavior. But when that fails, it must be brought to the attention of someone in authority, like a teacher. The concept of someone in authority failing to address the problem is simply not acceptable. This is why you must speak to a teacher you trust and know will do something to stop the bullying.


Bullying is happening everywhere, even at your own school. You may not see it, you may not know it is there, but it is happening and it causes unimaginable pain to the victims. The only way to end bullying is to talk about it openly rather than making it a taboo issue. If someone is hurting another person, they will not stop unless someone (either a fellow classmate or someone in authority) stands up for the victim and tells their tormentor to stop. Bullying is everyone’s problem; therefore everyone has to be part of the solution.


The author's comments:
This was originally an article I wrote for my school newsletter because I was sick of how much bullying was going on at my school. The newsletter just came out and so far nothing has changed; I really wish it would.

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on Jan. 22 2013 at 11:24 am
I'm sorry to tell you guys that I'm one of those you refer to as a bully, but I changed my way. The fundamentally wrong point of view here, is htat it's the parents fault. My parents threathed me nice, and is well educated. The reason i bullied was for the fun of it, i thought that i was being the "comedian" in my class, but NO. I was being creul and irresponsible, childish and a duchebag. The sad part is that i didn't know it.

on Jul. 22 2012 at 7:17 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting on my article! :)  And yes, if only people would stand up rather than say it's none of their business.

on Jul. 21 2012 at 9:11 am
ShyWriting42 BRONZE, Mesquite, Texas
3 articles 0 photos 41 comments

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God."

Hi CarrieAnn13. As usual, I love your way with words. The piece has a natural flow, and the message is too true. It is amazing how many people will stand by and say, "It's none of my business!" Nice work, and keep up the great writing!

on May. 21 2012 at 11:42 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Yes, parents are a huge part of the problem.  But by the time you are a teen, you should be able to make decisions as to your morality on your own.  Sadly, not many teens are mature enough to do this.

on May. 20 2012 at 1:35 pm
CrystalAngelDol SILVER, Queens, New York
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Never tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.
- Lou Holtz

great job! only if the bullies would adhere to this, personally i think its the parents fault, parents have to teach their children the fundamental values instead of cursing and beating their children, if parents can teach their children respect for each other and for themselves then i think we can actually get somewhere

on Feb. 24 2012 at 11:56 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

I'm sorry all those things have been done to you.  It was never that bad when I was bullied, but I just want you to know that things won't always be like this.  They'll get better, I promise. :)

on Feb. 24 2012 at 9:23 pm
Musicalartist, Xxxxx, Other
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i have personally received 3 death threats, have been choaked in class, and have been bullied for my whole life.  It's not so mad, and I hate to admit, you get used to it.  Thanks so much for wtiting this essay, I loved your facts and your style of writing!

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 30 2011 at 1:32 pm
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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Jeremiah 29:11

hey there! my article is now on my page. you should check it out, it is a little long, but you can take your time! <3 it is under TAKING A STAND!

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 9:54 pm
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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Jeremiah 29:11

aw man! i was wondering what's up, and i realized that is IS under anonymous! boooo, i wonder how it got put like that, i must have accidently hit anonymous when i submitted it! No worries though, i will just re-submit it and make sure it isn't anonymous. i tried to post the link to it in this comment, but for some reason, the comment wont show! hahaha, i'm sorry! unless i could e-mail it to ya!

on Nov. 25 2011 at 8:21 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

That's what I did.  I swear it's not there.

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 8:08 pm
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 110 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jeremiah 29:11


pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 8:06 pm
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 110 comments

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Jeremiah 29:11

hmmm, im pretty sure you click my name "pinkowl" and it should pop up! LOL, and it's called "taking a stand"

on Nov. 25 2011 at 6:36 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

I must be an idiot, but I can't find it on your profile!  Do you have it under a different profile?  Or is it anonymous?

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 4:00 pm
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 110 comments

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Jeremiah 29:11

thank you! and yes!!!!! <3 i'd love if you read!

on Nov. 25 2011 at 3:36 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Good for you!  And I'd love to read your essay, it just might take me a few days. :)

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 11:33 am
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 110 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jeremiah 29:11

you're welcome! i stood up to one my my bullies last year, t was my senior year of HS. i wrote an essay on it, it's in my work on here if you want to read it! it's called "taking a stand" it was probably the best moment in my life<3

on Nov. 25 2011 at 7:55 am
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting! :)  And I'm sorry you were one of the people who was bullied.

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 12:48 am
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 110 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jeremiah 29:11

mystiecub- i was bullied so bad in school too. don't let it get to you. we should talk sometime!

pinkowl BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 12:39 am
pinkowl BRONZE, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 110 comments

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Jeremiah 29:11

such a great essay. loved all your points. i was severely bullied in school, it is horrific! you picked a great thesis and had super-duper back up for it! <3

on Nov. 16 2011 at 8:06 am
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for commenting!


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