Bul-ly-ing [VERB]

The repeated and habitual use
of force, threat, or coercion
to abuse, intimidate or
aggressively dominate others.

It may be seen as “a part of growing up” or “kids being kids,” but imagine the child who is picked on every day, whether it is physically, verbally, socially or through cyberbullying. Becca Sedgewick was a 12-year-old who committed suicide after a year of bullying by two young girls. An 8-year-old boy writes to Santa about his twin sister bullied over her weight: “Dear Santa…I wanted a remote control car and helicopter, but I don’t want that anymore. Kids at school are still picking on my sister and it’s not fair. I pray that they will stop, and she needs your help.”

Bullying has become a serious problem that may result in many negative effects for victims, including suicide. There is also a link between being a bully and committing suicide. Bully-related suicide may be connected to physical bullying, emotional and verbal bullying or cyberbullying and sexting. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year according to the CDC. There are at least 100 suicide attempts for every suicide among youth.


Physical is related to dominance and is the most prevalent form of aggression and bullying among boys. They may shove or trip the victim, or may punch or hit them to purposefully instill fear in the one being bullied.
Verbal is using demeaning language is used to tear down another’s self-image. Name-calling, teasing, making fun of someone, gossip, starting rumors or telling lies about someone are a few examples. The intent is to hurt someone’s feelings or to humiliate them in front of others.
Social or Emotional is more subtle than verbal bullying. Emotional threats aim at getting someone to feel isolated and alone and may lead to depression. Purposefully leaving someone out, telling others not to be friends with them or embarrassing them in public are a few examples.
This behavior is designed to get others to shun the person being bullied.
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic technology to send mean text messages or emails, rumors, or embarrassing pictures posted on social networking sites. Online bullying is usually anonymous and hard to trace. It can be easier to commit than other forms of bullying because the bully does not have to confront the targeted person.
One of the most painful aspects of bullying is that it is relentless. When it goes on and on, it can put a person in a constant state of fear. Boys and girls who are bullied feel different, powerless, unpopular and alone. They may also feel sad, lonely or nervous, feel sick or may have problems at school.
Bullies may have problems as well, even when they become older. They may abuse drugs or alcohol, get into fights or drop out of school. Bullying is VIOLENCE, often leading to more violent behavior later. Teen bullies may be rejected by their peers and lose friendships as they grow older. They may fail in school and may not achieve career or relationship success that others have and many will have a criminal record at a very young age.
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