Running head: BULLYING IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS
Bullying in American schools
BULLYING IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS
Different authors gave varied definitions about the concept of bullying in Americans
schools. Desmond et al. (2013) defined bullying as actions and events of victimization that takes
place among students or any other environment with human interaction. It involves actions like
physical aggression, verbal aggression, and relational aggression. These actions make children
experience aggressive behaviors from other students that are not their siblings in schools.
Cynthia A., Nicole D & Christine V (2015) also gave a general definition of bullying in schools.
They explained that bullying occurs as a set of activities that affects emotional, educational and
physical results among students with disabilities.
Bullying is a serious problem in schools in America today; it affects students
academically, emotionally, and socially. In this discussion, there is an examination of the various
aspects of the bullying in American schools at the present moment and its effects to the students.
Moreover, the discussion goes ahead to examine the intervention measures of reducing the
bullying activities in the American schools. The various aspects of bullying covered under the
discussion include sleep deprivation while at school, bullying based on racial/ethnic perceptions,
physical fighting, assault and discrimination and even setting an individual due to a failure or
intrusion to an individual’s private life. Regarding the effects that bullying has on the students at
the school, various issues are discussed. The main issues considered include impairing the
academic performance of the students, interference with the social lives of the learners and
portrayal of adverse behaviors while at school. There is also an examination of mental effects of
bullying at the school and incidences of experiencing stressful conditions. The other area of
BULLYING IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS
concern by this discussion include the measures of intervention undertaken to prevent bullying in
the American schools. The prominent measures considered include perceived support from the
teachers, racial/ethnic integration, addressing the problems of dehumanization and creation of an
The aspects of bullying in American schools today
Sleep deprivation is one of the significant aspects of bullying in the American schools at
the present. Specific aspects of the conditions within the school environment might facilitate or
impede the bullying behaviors among the students within the school (Baker 1998; Espelage and
Swearer, 2003). Therefore, the school environment is a major factor whenever it comes to sleep
deprivation within the American schools. Regarding this aspect of bullying, the students do not
have ample moment to sleep due to maybe a poor environment of sleeping or even due to
numerous cases of disturbances. Students might cause disturbance between themselves and in
such a condition, they find it hard to have enough sleep. In addition, numerous forms of
disturbances like noise disturbance may interfere with the sleeping program and patterns of
sleeping among the students. For an individual to have enough sleep, he or she requires an
environment that is free from any kind of a disturbance and it should be favorable in terms of the
conditions where an individual is sleeping. Therefore, sleep deprivation is one of the main
bullying aspects that is prominent in the American schools currently.
Racial/ethnic perceptions are the other prominent form of bullying in the American
schools at the moment. There are numerous cases of racial and ethnic bullying that are prominent
in the learning institutions. Specifically, the learners that are not of the American origin
experience the case of racial or ethnic bullying from the students that a...