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No Tolerance law for Bullying.

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My Name is Andrew and I’m part of the Anti-Bullying Action in my county. We know that bullying is not enforced enough in our school and kids from other schools in our county need more help defending themselves. The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:

 

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University

A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying

10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above

According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

In  our  recent  research  involving  approximately  2,000 randomly‐selected middle School Children  from one of  the most populous  school  districts  in  the  United  States,  20%  of respondents reported seriously thinking about attempting suicide  (19.7%  of  females;  20.9%  of  males),  while  19% reported  attempting  suicide  (17.9%  of  females;  20.2%  of males).   

 The  most  common  form  of bullying  offending  reported by  respondents was:  “I called another student mean names, made fun of or teased him or her in a hurtful way”  (27.7%), while  the most  frequentlycited  form  of  bullying  victimization  was:  “Other  students told  lies  or  spread  false  rumors  about  me  and  tried  to make  others  dislike  me  (29.3%).    With  regard  to cyberbullying,  prevalence  rates  for  individual  behaviors ranged from 9.1% to 23.1% for offending and from 5.7% to 18.3%  for  victimization.    The  most  commonly‐reported form  of  cyberbullying  offending  was:  “Posted  something online  about  another  person  to  make  others  laugh” (23.1%)  while  the  most  frequent  form  of  victimization was:  “Received  an  upsetting  email  from  someone  you know” (18.3%).   

 

- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.

- American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Oleos, National School Safety Center.

- 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.

- 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

- 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.

- 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

- 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.

 

- 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

 

- Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.

 

- 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying

 

- Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.

 

- Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.

 

- 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”

 

- 86% of students said, “Other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

 

- 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.

 

- 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.

 

- According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.

 

- Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.

 

 

 

 

Bullying can take many forms but it usually includes the following types of behavior:

 

• Physical – hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying.

 

• Verbal – name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, and using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks

 

• Indirect – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages (cyber bullying).

 

• Cyber Bullying - any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium. There are 7 types including:

 

1. Text message bullying

 

2. Picture/video clip bullying via mobile phone cameras

 

3. Phone call bullying via mobile phones

 

4. E-mail bullying

 

5. Chat-room bullying

 

6. Bullying through instant messaging (IM)

 

7. Bullying via websites

 

 

Bully Related Suicide

Suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14. And in most cases, the young people die from hanging. (AAS)

 

A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. (Yale School of Medicine)

 

Suicide rates among children between the ages of 10 & 14 are very low, but are "creeping up." (Ann Haas, Director of the Suicide Prevention Project at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

 

The suicide rate among young male adults in Massachusetts rose 28 percent in 2007. However, that does not reflect deaths among teenagers and students Carl's age. (Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, in a report released April 8, 2009)

 

• Since 2002, at least 15 schoolchildren ages 11 to 14 have committed suicide in Massachusetts. Three of them were Carl's age. ("Constantly Bulled, He Ends His Life at Age 11," by Milton J. Valencia. The Boston Globe, April 20, 2009)

 

• Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)

 

• In 2005 (the last year nationwide stats were available), 270 children in the 10-14 age group killed themselves. (AAS)

 

 

 

 

 

In a 2007 study, 86% of LGBT students said that they had experienced harassment at school during the previous year. (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network -- GLSEN)

 

Research indicates that LGB youth may be more likely to think about and attempt suicide than heterosexual teens. (GLSEN)

In a 2005 survey, students said their peers were most often bullied because of their appearance, but the next top reason was because of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. ("From Teasing to Torment: School Climate of America" -- GLSEN and Harris Interactive)

 

According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 2007 National School Climate Survey of more than 6,000 students...

 

• Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation

 

• Nearly half (44.1 percent) reported being physically harassed

 

• About a quarter (22.1 percent) reported being physically assaulted.

 

• Nearly two-thirds (60.8 percent) who experienced harassment or assault never reported the incident to the school

 

• Of those who did report the incident, nearly one-third (31.1 percent) said the school staff did nothing in response

 

I have been bullied all my life, and I’m tired of doing nothing about it and others in my school feel the same.

Our plan is divided into different situations of different kind of bullying.

This is the minimum the bully should get as punishment for each type of bullying and must be proven

1. Text message bullying

First Offense, Verbal Warning and phone call home

Second offense, 5 day suspension

Third offense, 10 days

Forth, 10 Days

Fifth, Expulsion

2. Verbal

First Offense, Verbal Warning and phone call home

Second offense, 5 day suspension

Third offense, 10 days

Forth, 10 Days

Fifth, Expulsion

3. Bullying via websites (Facebook, twitter, etc...)

First Offense, Verbal Warning and phone call home

Second offense, 5 day suspension

Third offense, 10 days

Forth, 10 Days

Fifth, Expulsion

4. Physical (Fighting, pushing, shoving,)

First offense – 5 day suspension

Second offense – 10 days suspension

Third offense – expulsion

5. Sexual harassment bullying

First offense – 10 days suspension

Second offense – 15 days suspension

Third offense – expulsion

6. Indirect Bullying (Rumors, Talking mean about someone etc...)

First Offense, Verbal Warning and phone call home

Second offense, 5 day suspension

Third offense, 10 days

Forth, 10 Days

Fifth, Expulsion

 

With this plan I believe it will not only help bullying as a whole, but also keep bullying from happening



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