Why is verbal bullying not as consistently punished as physical bullying / fighting in schools?
All of us in the USA, and probably the world, heard about the Columbine High School shooting many years ago (I believe that was in 1999).
Immediately afterward, awareness of bullying and its very detrimental psychological effects (imo, moreso than physical bullying) have been brought to light and USA schools cracked down on bullying in all forms immediately after this incident.
But nowadays, that "light" on bullying has faded, and bullying isn't handled by school authority figures (schoolyard proctors/security, teachers, principals) unless physicality (pushing, fist-fighting) is included.
The ironic thing...is verbal bullying is more psychological damaging to someone than physical bullying is.
Meanwhile, verbal bullying is swept under the rug by school authority figures... ... ...until it festers into physical bullying, or even worse, a psychologically damaged student bringing weapon(s) to school and seriously injuring/killing the students that psychologically tortured him/her for the 35hrs a week he/she is on school grounds.
Everyone has their breaking point in anything.
My question to all of you is: why do you think that verbal bullying is so commonly "brushed off" by administration?
Do you think that school administration should take on more responsibility to combat verbal bullying, or do you think that administration should "back off" and ignore verbal bullying?
Share your thoughts and experiences with bullying (either as the "bully" or the "bullied") while in public school.
Please be respectful of other people's views.
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