Bullying: Why People Do It

Jessica is a 14-year-old high school student from Cerritos, CA. She enjoys going to concerts, listening to music, and playing basketball.

So what is bullying exactly? Bullying a form of abuse. There are three main types of abuse: emotional, verbal, and physical. Bullying may include name calling, which is verbal and sometimes emotional abuse and beating someone up, which is physical abuse.


Many people don’t understand how severe the outcomes of bullying can be. Bullying can cause someone to take their own life. The term “Bullycide” was first used by Neil Marr and Tim Field in the recent book, Bullycide: Death at Playtime. Bullying leads to suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4400 deaths per year. According to ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims, and 160,000 kids stay home every day because of bullying


Bullying can take place at various different environments. The most common of them all is probably at schools, but bullying also occurs at the workplace and online. People are even bullied and judged because of their gender. Things you can do to overcome and handle bullying are to show little reaction to their remarks and to try to ignore them, but if it gets to a point where a person is very hurt and disturbed that person should tell someone. Anything can help a predicament like this.


Why do people bully? The main reasons people bully are they have family problems or they just like to have power, so they pick on people and it brings them amusement.  People that are bullies usually have issues within their selves.


In MTV’s series “If You Really Knew Me” students at a local high school are forced to reveal things about themselves and other people. Bullies and people that have been bullied come together in the end after expressing their feelings and realize they have so much more in common then they thought. I wish my high school did a “Challenge Day”. I think it would help dilemmas in our learning environment.


One of the more recent crises we have is cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be a variety of many different things. It can be:


  • Sending threats to a person online or through texts.
  • Spreading rumors online or through texts.
  • Hacking into someone’s online account and leaving/sending inappropriate messages. (Facebook, Myspace, etc.)

It’s so surprising that statistics say over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet, and over half of those kids don’t even tell their parents.



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