Stop “49% of children in grades 4-12

Stop the bullying, start the love!
Bullying is a huge problem in the United States. Many people have committed suicide from being tormented, bullied and depressed and not being able to stand it anymore. This is a problem that needs to be fixed. This problem could be solved if people were nice and realized the consequences of tormenting others at a young age and were taught that it is not okay. Bullying is not okay and it is a problem that needs to be stopped. 
“Bullying is the intentional harm-doing or harassment that is directed toward vulnerable targets and is typically repeated.” (“Bullying”)  “49% of children in grades 4-12 reported being bullied by other students at school. ” (“Facts about Bullying”) Bullying comes in many forms such as cyber-bullying, verbal bullying, mental bullying, sexual bullying, and many more. (“Dealing with Bullying.”) There are many effects that occur because of bullying that are extremely sad and at times dangerous for the victim. There is also, most likely something going on with the suspect of the bullying and we need to talk to and help them both through their difficult times. Children being bullied experience many different feelings, such as feeling depressed, anxious, lonely, and insecure. Children that are being tyrannized many times feel scared to do simple every day things such as sleep, eat, go to school or outside of their homes, and in some conditions even outside of their own bedroom. Victims of bullying may also experience loneliness and fear of being left out or made fun of at school. Some children even suffer from severe depression. This depression may mean they don’t want to get out of bed, eat, or sometimes they may even want to kill themselves, or feel excited about hurting themselves in ways such as cutting. (“Dealing with Bullying”) Children being harassed need as much love and support as they can get. Children being tormented usually have very low self-esteem because of the way they are being treated and the things they have been told. They may need to vent sometimes and that’s okay. Just lend a listening ear and allow them to talk. Love them for who they are and embrace who they are because all they are looking for is acceptance.
Along with the child being bullied, the child bullying also needs some help somewhere along their path. Most of the time children do not just bully because, people do unto others what has been done unto them. There is usually something that they are going through, such as being bullied themselves or having a rough home life.  These kids need some help with what they are going through as well.  The child most likely needs a councilor to talk to and to help figure something out. They need someone to talk to and someone who will listen to them, but be tough and help them through a rough time, while also helping them realize that what they are doing and how they are handling their anger or issues is not the correct way to handle the situation.
The government has created an anti-bullying law in schools, throughout the United States, yet there is still harassing going on all around us. Many times, children being bullied are told to ignore it or if they use their words in a creative way, that kind of contradicts what the tormenter is saying, it will stop. (“Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends”) This works in some situations, but sometimes the bullying is so severe that adult help is needed. Extra steps are clearly needed to stop this bullying and make sure it ends for good. The law clearly has not yet stopped the tormenting, so it’s time to enforce the law a bit more. It is a rule in many schools that bullying is not allowed, so children should be suspended if the tormenting is proven to be really happening. Kids get thrown out of schools for physically abusing classmates, which is a type of bullying, but to really enforce the rules, mental bullying needs to stop as well because it is just as painful as physical abuse. Schools should talk to the bullier and give them a warning about suspension if it does not stop. Along with enforcing the law, children need to be taught that bullying is punishable. Children need to learn at a young age the consequences of bullying and that it is never okay. Children are taught so much when they are little, in preschool, such as “no hitting”, “no pulling hair”, “no biting.”, which is vital to know, so that physical bullying does not occur, but they also need to know how to treat each other with love and dignity instead of hatred. If children were taught at a young age to not bully, that would stay with them forever. Children also get cyber bullied over the internet which is even worse than in real life in some ways. Cyber-bullying can happen 24/7 with all the different internet outlets we have nowadays. This needs to be stopped immediately. The rules for cyber bullying need to be stepped up.  There are rules, but people who are cyber bullying need to be pulled off the internet. The laws are getting stronger because on social media people can now report others that say or do bad things to help keep social medias a safer place. The anti-bullying law is supposed to be used to protect children from being bullied, but it needs to be stepped up and enforced in order for it to work like it is supposed to. 
Bullying is not okay, it is never okay, and figuring out how to stop it in order for the world to be full of peace and love is needed. Children all over the world are bullied all the time and the bullying needs to be stopped through teaching little children the consequences of bullying and the laws of anti-bullying, while also taking into consideration the way that not only the victim of the situation, but also the suspect feel. 

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