Don’t bully and don’t get bullied

Bullying is a crime and therefore it needs to be stopped

The term Bullying can be described as unwanted hostile behavior and is considered a common problem in many schools. Bullying is often defined as a repeated behavior and can potentially hurt and humiliate the victim either physically or emotionally. It has been witnessed that people are mostly bullied owing to their appearance, race, religion or any disability. There are generally two types of bullying - explicit and implicit. The acts of explicit bullying includes hitting, fighting and shoving, calling bad names, however  stealing and damaging another person’s possession are also considered a part of physical bullying.  Implicit bullying attitudes include gossip, an excluding a person from a group intentionally. Often time’s physically strong children bully physically weak children at a very early age.  Bullying generally begins at school children who bully other children either physically or emotionally tend to continue this inappropriate behavior the rest of their lives. It is obvious that “old habits die hard”; children who bully others later result in manipulative and inconsiderate adults.  Bullying therefore is not a behavior which is confined within the four walls of a school but it can take place at any level.  People in their adult lives are at times double crossed in various relations this can be considered a part of this act.

 Children who become victims of bullying at an early age tend to develop low self-esteem and carry this attitude even in their adult lives.  In the view of some scholars, people with low self-esteem consider themselves worthless and inferior therefore these people often fail to fulfill their true potential in life. It has been witnessed that some victims of bullying get depressed to the point that committing suicide seems reasonable to them.

The popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why highlights bullying and the humiliation associated with it which ultimately compels the 17 year protagonist, Hannah Baker to take her life.

 The show is an adaption of Jay Asher’s novel. Some viewers are of the view that the novel has been cleverly adapted into screen play while others think that the show has glorified suicide. Many critics and some mental health groups have accused the drama of inspiring young individuals to view suicide as the ultimate way of escape. It is generally believed that how we look at things makes all the difference for instance “is the glass half empty or half full? The show despite all criticism has been successful in condemning bullying.

 It is obvious that dealing with bullying demands a lot of courage but victims must be encouraged to report the matter to their teachers. One must realize that bullying is bad therefore victims should consider perpetrators wicked and therefore avoid their company. The assistance of a school counselor or therapeutic help may be sought but at the end the victim has to be bold enough to get over it. It is generally believed that “violent behavior and deep insecurity are two sides of the same coin.” Therefore, is important to realize why people bully others? Children imitate their parents or elder siblings or even older friends. Hence, parents who have a hostile, rude or wicked behavior are more likely to pass on these vices to their children. It has been witnessed that some parents do not stop their children from bullying others owing to the idea that their children are rather acting smart. In Pakistan, bullying has emerged as a common problem resulting in an alarming rise of teenage suicides. According to news reports, approximately 5000 to 7000 thousand suicides are annually committed in Pakistan. The majority of suicides and attempted suicides are witnessed in young people under the age of 30. It has also been witnessed that more girls than boys in Pakistan attempt suicide whereas a larger number of boys successfully committing suicide is higher than girls.

 Those who bully others must realize that they would be alienated at some point in time by people as no one wants to be around harmful individuals.  Life is precious therefore bullying should be considered a crime and the bullies should be punished. We need to be kind to people at all times. If you are being bullied or harassed by anyone, please speak up now.

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