What can be done if bullied?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a great question. Being bullied is a serious problem and I am glad that it is getting more attention of late. And there have been some very unfortunate events because of bullying. There are several things that you can do if you are bullied.

First, you can speak to the person that is doing the bullying and tell them to stop. This might be the trick. If this does not work, then you will have to escalate things a bit.

Second, you should tell people above you. I would tell my parents and my teachers. Hopefully, if the bullying is happening at school, the teachers will put an end to it right away. If this does not work, you will have to escalate things again.

Third, I would go to the principal and hopefully it will stop here. If not, go to the police. Bullying should never be tolerated in any shape of form.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It is never acceptable to bully another person because they are different from you. It is not okay to feel better about yourself, by putting another person down, by emotionally or verbally bullying them, or using physical force. Therefore, if you see something, say something to an adult--guidance counselor, teacher, parent, older sibling, social worker or administrator. It will not get better until it is addressed. Bullying can cause psychological damage to the person who is on the receiving end, if it gets out of hand. It can lead to more violence, isolation and even thoughts of suicide. Therefore, everyone must stand up against bullying.

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kevstar | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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If the environment at your school supports bullying, working to change it can help. For example, there may be areas where bullies harass people, such as in stairwells or courtyards that are unobserved by staff. Because a lot of bullying takes part in the presence of peers (the bully wants to be recognized and feel powerful, after all), enlisting the help of friends or a group is a good way to change the culture and stand up to bullies.

You can try to talk to the bully. If you don't feel comfortable in a face-to-face discussion, leave a note in the bully's locker. Try to point out that his or her behavior is serious and harmful. This can work well in group situations, such as if you notice that a member of your group has started to pick on or shun another member.

Most people hesitate to speak out because it can be hard. It takes confidence to stand up to a bully — especially if he or she is one of the established group leaders. But chances are the other students witnessing the bullying behavior feel as uncomfortable as you do. They may just not be speaking up. Perhaps they feel that they're not popular enough to take a stand or worry that they're vulnerable and the bully will turn on them. Staying quiet (even though they don't like the bully's behavior) is a way to distance themselves from the person who is the target.

When a group of people keeps quiet like this, the bully's reach is extending beyond just one person. He or she is managing to intimidate lots of people. But when one person speaks out against a bully, the reverse happens. It gives others license to add their support and take a stand, too.

Another way to combat bullying is to join your school's anti-violence program or, if your school doesn't have one, to start one of your own.


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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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nikasho0100 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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seriously i will bully them back. come on dude u have to have guts.....dnt be the type who tolerates bulling'''''''''''''''

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alilion | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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personally, if i were being bullied...i'd become the bully and struggle against them..thats just me XD