Bullying is when a person seeks to harm, threaten or force another, especially a weak person to submit to power or dominance of another. People get bullied for reasons such as: appearance, disability, identity, status and sometimes sexuality.
Anybody who thinks bullying affects only the victims must think again. It affects parents, friends, relatives and society as a whole who often have to spend time to cheer up victims who often become timid and lack self-confidence due to the demoralising effects of bullying. Some victims of bullying are affected seriously to the extent that they begin to have suicidal thoughts.
Another horror of this dangerous act prevents some children from going to school and other public places. This is as a result of the constant fear they harbour of being harmed, tortured or abused. According to DO.SOMETHING.ORG, approximately 160,000 teens have avoided school because of bullying. The result is that such victims may become antisocial and truants which may negatively affect them.
The most frequent act of bullying in school is physical abuse. This involves punching, hitting, tripping and pushing which often occur in washrooms and play grounds. Because these acts often happen when adults are not around, the victims hardly get help and some end up dying or being hurt for life. This is unacceptable. It is, therefore, time to put a stop to bullying especially in schools!
What actions can we take to bring an end to this dangerous act among our future leaders? First of all, teens should learn to be confident. Bullies fear confident people. Second, victims should report any form of threat or abuse to elderly people on time. Next, anybody who is being bullied should communicate his or her feelings strongly and loudly such as, “Please stop!” This may stop the bully.
Again, it is advisable for schools to organise forums to discourage students from this dangerous act. School authorities should also put in place strict measures to prevent bullying and encourage the attribute of caring for one another in schools.
The time is now, bullying is a killer and must be stopped now.
Richard Tetteh Agbemador,
Tema International School
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