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Bullies and People Who Are Bullied Can Expect Long Term Emotional Issues.
We Can Prevent It.
Each day an estimated 160,000 students in the USA refuse to go to school because they dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers. Many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression. It's reported that 6 out of 10 American youth witness bullying at least once a day.
Victims of bullying often experience:
Reluctance to go to school and truancy,
Headaches and stomach pains,
Shame, anxiety, irritability,
Aggression and depression.
The effects of bullying often continue many years into adulthood. In the most extreme cases, targets have taken out their anger and despair through school shootings or by committing suicide. Students who habitually bully miss the opportunity to learn an alternative to aggression.
Research tells us that bullies:
Often develop a habitual tendency to abuse power
Are increasingly shunned as they reach the higher grades, and
Approximately 25 percent of school bullies will be convicted of a criminal offense in their adult years.