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Barry Law Review

THE BEST OF BARRY: BARRY STUDENT ARTICLE: PEER HARASSMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS: SHOULD TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS JOIN THE FIGHT?

Spring, 2008

Barry Law Review

10 Barry L. Rev. 155

Author

Jill Grim 1

Excerpt



INTRODUCTION

One hundred sixty thousand children in the United States skip school every day because they are afraid of bullies; and, more than five million elementary and middle school children are victimized by bullies each year. 2 Two million students report that they have carried a weapon to school within the past thirty days. 3 Shockingly, "the National Education Association estimates that every seven minutes of every school day, a child is a victim of bullying, and 85% of the time there is no intervention by other students or adults." 4 As shown by these statistics, and by the horrific school tragedies in which previously bullied students killed dozens of their fellow students and teachers, peer harassment, also commonly known as "bullying," is a very serious problem in our schools today -- a problem that must be addressed immediately. 5

Most adults today can attest to an encounter with a school bully at one time or another during their childhood; maybe it was just teasing that caused hurt feelings and seemed silly later, or maybe it involved stolen lunch money, threats, or isolated acts of violence. Today, schoolchildren continue to struggle with bullying, which can involve hurtful teasing, exclusion, violence, sexual harassment, or even rape at school. Bullying today can also involve high tech harassment such as online threats, cell phone photos, and hurtful web sites. 6 Peer harassment is now a serious threat to the safety and ...
 
 
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