Putting an End to Bullying

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Putting an End to Bullying
Therese McMullen
Upper Iowa University

Being a former victim of bullying, I used to feel that there needed to be stricter punishments for bullies. Out of all of the fallacies we reviewed in class, I believe this falls under “begging the question.” I was biased; because I had so much anger toward the bullies, I felt they needed to be punished.
After reading several articles on the issues, I think it makes more sense to stop it before it even starts. Bullying in schools is a problem around the world that negatively affects the general school atmosphere and the ability learn in a school setting without fear (Banks, n.d.). Bullying can also have long term effects on the bully, the victim, and even bystanders. Children that are bullied will be more likely than their peers to anxiety and depression. They may also experience increased loneliness and sadness, and a change in eating patterns and difficulty sleeping. These issues can continue through adulthood. A small number of bullied children may get revenge through extreme measures. In 12 out of 15 school shootings in the 1990s, the shooters had been bullied (Kennedy, n.d.).
Bullies also are affected by their actions. They tend to engage in these violent and risky behaviors well into adulthood. They will be more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as adolescents and into adulthood. They may also become sexually active at an early age, and be abusive with their children and spouses as adults. It is also likely they will end up having a criminal record (Kennedy, n.d.).
People don’t seem to realize that bullying also affects the witnesses. They also have an increases tendency to abuse alcohol and drugs. They are also more like to experience mental health issues, which include anxiety and depression. They are also more likely to skip school more often than others (Kennedy,…...

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