Bullying causes long-term effects

There have been times in my life when bullying was just part of another school day. I didn’t have the courage to stand up and defend myself, and when I was bullied I would laugh along with whatever joke was told about me. Many parents still see bullying as something that is just part of being a kid and growing up.

There are approximately 4,400 deaths per year because of bullying, at least 100 suicide attempts, and over 14 percent of students in high school have considered suicide. Almost half that 14 percent have attempted it. This makes bullying the third leading cause of death among teenagers according to Bullyingsatistics.com

Bullying is a serious problem that can have several negative effects for victims, bullies, and bystanders.

In truth, 30 percent of high schoolers are either bullies or victims.

The bullying doesn’t just start in high school and middle school, it can start as young as six years old, almost like an army of crazy kids who don’t know any better. Parents don’t even realize this.

Most people think that it is just about the bully and the victim, but everyone is involved. The occasional bystander with the video recorder or cell phone tweeting about the fight or argument is only asking for trouble. I’m not just talking about breaking rules or having the principal getting mad, but deep inside they are poisoning themselves as well. That specific person might be the one to miss school or even run to drugs and maybe even suicide or self harm, because of fear from events that happen at school.

The bully might grow up to be hostile and have an increased risk of developing antisocial personality disorder. People with this disorder tend to manipulate others into being their friend and not be able to keep any for themselves. The bully sometimes doesn’t even show signs of being hostile.

This means that kids who have been exposed to bullying will most likely grow up less mentally healthy than an adult that wasn’t exposed to bullying according to livescience.com.

There is a great risk in that, though: a person can become an easy target.

Victims usually end up in the worst of it. Anxiety, depression, drugs, panic attacks; a good horror show all too much for one person to handle. I personally just deal with anxiety and self-esteem problems.

I remember when I woke up every day to be harassed and then judged myself every night.

Victims just need that one person to stand up, not be part of the crowd and not become a victim to such horrible minds. Mob mentality is always going to add fuel to the flames of a war between a bully and a victim. Mob mentality is being influenced by peers and adapting behaviors from that crowd.

The few people cheering and hissing might make it a crowd of people with photographic evidence that someone is being harrassed. Almost as if the crowd wants to keep a “good” story to tell tomorrow, going.

Nobody really thinks about the pain and agony that can harm and reach everyone. It only takes a person or two to stop such horrible acts of anger and harassment.