How does bullying affect its victims?
An article published by The Star claims that " bullies dominate, blame and use others." It also adds that bullies are not born that way. Bullying is quite a common occurrence in schools.
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Victims of bullying are at an increased risk of depression. They may have lower scores in school and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school. They can have difficulty sleeping. Bullying can be emotional, verbal or physical in nature. It is a form of peer abuse. Victims of bullying say it scars them for a long period of time and sometimes, for life. The effects of bullying haven't been studied enough. It is thought that more than half of all children have been bullied at some point in their lives. Some research indicates that the level of stress due to bullying can lead to suicidal thoughts. It can also lead to anxiety and feeling outcast. After the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre, bullying and school violence were linked. The two students responsible were gifted and also bullied for years before carrying out the massacre and subsequent committed suicides. The Secret Service reported a link between other school shootings and bullying. It is also reported that both the bully and the person who is bullied become desentized to violence and accept it as normal. Bullying has profound effects on people that can be long--lasting.
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