Bullying is not a new phenomenon, but it remains a pervasive issue amongst American teens. There are many reasons why students may choose to bully peers, but the causes of bullying are still relatively unknown compared to how bullying effects victims. Contemporary bullying has evolved beyond schoolyard harassment to comprehensive destruction of self with devastating consequences for victims and perpetrators alike. Parents and educators need to continue to confront bullying in all forms to prevent the normalization of bullying and the destructive consequences that accompany it.
This project is important to me because bullying is commonly perceived as an inevitable right of passage from elementary school to middle school and high school. Though many awareness campaigns have been created to “stomp out bullying”, bullying and cyberbullying continue to destroy young adult lives.