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  • Bullying Doesn’t End When College Starts

    December 18, 2015

    By Charlie Cohn, StudySoup

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    Bullying in schools has reached dangerous levels. 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 will experience bullying – either as victim or instigator. And, the repercussions extend beyond the psychological damage being inflicted. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shootings with revenge reported as the greatest motivator for these tragic events.

     

    Though most of the attention has focused on stopping bullying at the elementary and high school levels, but these atrocities don’t end there. Bullying at the collegiate level is a serious problem.

     

    The University of Buffalo reports that 18.5% of college undergraduates have been bullied. That’s over 3 million students nationwide – enough to populate the state of Iowa. That number only increases when you look online. 22% of college students report being victim of cyberbullying. Perhaps more shocking, 9% of undergrads admit to cyberbullying others. And, those are just the ones willing to speak out – less than half of bullied minority students report incidents.

     

    All that bullying leads to students missing out on getting the educational opportunities they worked so hard to earn. Upwards of 160,000 students skip class every day to avoid bullying. At least they can get notes online, but it’s not a sustainable solution. Some students never make it back to class. Each year, 100,000 students drop out of school all together. And that’s nowhere close to the worst of outcomes.

     

    Many fraternities, sororities, clubs, and teams maintain a culture of hazing hidden from public view. They claim a distinction should be made between their activities and bullying. These institutions argue that hazing serves to initiate members into a group, while bullying is done to exclude the target.

     

    Yet, the same destructive principles exist for hazing and bullying. Both use a combination of verbal, psychological, and/or physical abuse to strip their victims of power and put them in a state of fear or discomfort. Left unchecked these rituals turn to horror stories. Allegations of drug, sexual, and physical abuse abound.

     

    Earlier this year, 37 members of a Baruch College fraternity had criminal charges brought against them for hazing that resulted in the death of freshman Chun “Michael” Deng. The frat-brothers allegedly took turns tackling the first-year pledge while he was blindfolded and wearing a heavy backpack resulting in head trauma and ultimately his death.

     

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