Statistics provided by the school's Disciplinary Board show that cases of
bullying are on the rise. There were only 12 cases of bullying in 2010. The
number increased to 18 cases in 2009, 20 cases in 2011 and 25 cases this year.
This is an unhealthy trend and if left unchecked, it can become a problem.
Verbal bullying, which includes name-calling and insulting remarks, accounted
for 45 per cent of bullying cases. This was followed by indirect bullying, which
includes spreading nasty and malicious stories. It accounted for 35 per cent of
all bullying cases. Physical bullying accounted for one-fifth of the cases.
Bullying occurs for a number of reasons. Often, bullying behavior develops in
response to the environment, whether it is at home, school or within a peer
group. Bullies usually come from homes where physical punishment i used. In such
a scenario, physical punishment is seen as a way to handle problems. The child
then resorts to aggressive behavior. Negative peer influence can further
aggravate the problem. With the absence of a
proper role model both at home and in school, children have no opportunity to
learn behavior skills. As a result, bullies tend to derive satisfaction from
inflicting injury or suffering to others without feeling
empathy for their victims.
Close monitoring by parents and school authorities can curb bullying. Parents
must monitor their children's activities. Those who are at the receiving end and
bystanders must report all incidents of bullying. The school must enlist the
help of parents when dealing with such cases. Schools must have clear rules
against bullying. Repeat offenders must face the music.
If the offender does not
turn over a new leaf, he should be suspended or expelled from school. The
use of deterrents sends a clear and strong message to perpetrators that bullying