Bullying in Schools: Causes, Effects and Possible Solutions
Childhood and the early teen years are formative periods in one's development, and the problems and emotional scars inflicted upon a child will most likely burden him or her for the remainder of his or her life. There are times when youths are bullied to the point where they feel that they have no recourse other than violence or suicide. These notions often seem to be the only escape from the endless torment of their peers. the effect of bullying on violence and suicidality has probably received the most attention, particularly in the press following Columbine. Students in schools where bullying is common or where a "culture of violence" has arisen are more likely to take weapons to school with them and are more likely to contemplate suicide or engage in suicidal behavior (Lubbel and Vetter 170).
Perhaps there are outside factors in the "culture of violence" that sways a child's decision to kill either him or herself or to kill the tormentors: bloodshed on television, often with a dramatic emphasis on crime and guns, video games and even wars abroad may lead children to believe that violence is an appropriate answer to violence. Whatever the outside reasons, were