October 28 Assignment

Nearly half of all middle school students say that they have been bullied on school grounds and thirteen percent of high school students say they have been bullied electronically.  These are results from a study done by the Kentucky Department of Education in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control.

Being that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the Kentucky Department of Education has taken a special interest into bullying and cyber-bullying in schools.  Now that we know that bullying is happening, what source is causing it?

Also found in the survey mentioned above, over 12 percent of high school students had taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription.  Could this be what is causing the bullying?  Well, according to an article from drugfree.org, it might be the cause.  The article gives the statistics of only 1.6 percent not bullied middle school students involved in drugs compared to 11.4 percent middle school bullies involved in drugs.  These statistics are even more shocking in high school: 13.3 percent to 31.7 percent.

The article states “Many schools are mandating anti-bullying programs and policies, and we think they need to take this opportunity to address other forms of deviant behavior, such as substance use.”  Maybe the first step to solving the bullying problem is to stop the drug abuse.

http://education.ky.gov/school/sdfs/pages/bullying.aspx

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/alcohol/study-finds-link-between-school-bullies-and-substance-use

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2 thoughts on “October 28 Assignment

  1. I think that this is a really great start. To make it more creative maybe try to find a story of a specific person and their experience with bullying. By doing that it would give the story more depth and would make it more relatable since you would be telling a story about someone’s life.

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