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LakeBraddockSecondarySchool 9200BurkeLakeRoad,Burke,Virginia22015 The BearFacts Volume XXXVIII, Issue 3 Senior Rachael Ulmer performed in LBT’s The Tempest. Read more about the show in 12 Entertainment photo by Alison Neary November 30, 2010 Six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day. Statistics are a reality in hallways of LB By Tori Callahan Staff Writer Students face the widespread effects of bullying every day, whether it’s physical, verbal or social. Every October, organizations across the United States participate in National Bullying Awareness month, which promotes the education of young people about the effects of bullying. Swear words, harsh tones and name calling pollute many high school hallways and are accepted as the norm, but verbal bullying can be debilitating to a student’s self-esteem and their ability to work in school. “In one of my classes in seventh grade, students in my class made fun of this boy because he was really smart. The boy eventually transferred schools, and I felt really bad that I didn’t stand up or tell anyone about the name-calling,” junior Lizzie White said. In some instances, school bullying has led students to take the most drastic of measures, suicide. Massachusetts resident Phoebe Prince was physically assaulted in school and online by other students from her school. After three months of this, Prince committed suicide on January 14, 2010. Name-calling is the No. 1 most common bullying tactic among students in schools and is the most difficult to prevent. The common phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” may be a popular antidote for many students, but emotionally and mentally, words affect students. About 160,000 students miss school every day to avoid being bullied, according to Pacer Teens Against Bullying. School environments are stomping grounds for bullies who adopt harmful techniques including social exclusion. Students that are ostracized from the “popular” group can experience the emotional effects from this kind of bullying. “I think as a teacher I don’t see bullying because I am at my door or in my classroom throughout the day,” English teacher Anne Vance said. “I think bullying happens in large groups and in the masses, and that’s why it’s not as obvious and goes unnoticed.” The cliques and social groups that crowd the hallways of LB are contributors to the inevitable bullying and exclusion that students experience. Other forms of bullying include verbal bullying, physical bullying and cyber bullying. The hallways are home to pushing and other forms of physical bullying while students are on their way. Pushing, hitting, shoving, punching, tripping and other violent See “Bullying” on page 3 4 things you didn’t know about bullying 1 2 one out of every three students is involved in bullying bullying increased 5% between 2001-2010, which now tops school violence 3 4 Kids who are obese, gay or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied 77% of the students said they had been bullied mentally, verbally or physically statistics courtesy of Bullying is still a growing problem in elementary, middle and high schools. October was National Bullying Awareness month, and schools across the nation worked to raise awareness to stop all forms of bullying. Cyber-bullying has become one of the most common ways of bullying. photo illustration by Adrienne Ruth


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