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Bullying: what are the effects?

Kevin Morales, Staff Writer

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Someone can be facing bullying and you wouldn’t know it. So, what can you do to help? Many people already know that the first step to stop bullying is to speak up. Breaking the silence and telling someone about what is happening is the best thing that you can do to help others and even yourself stay safe and be healthy in a school environment. Being a bystander only worsens the matter. By letting it continue and looking the other way, you make yourself feel bad because you could’ve done something to stop it and at their expense you could’ve saved them from having to deal with it longer. So break that silence and stand up against bullying.
What effects can bullying have on someone? Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern. The one who gets bullied gets the worst of the deal. They can go into a severe depression which, if not treated, can lead to severe consequences. Some have been known to self-mutilate and even commit suicide. None of these are healthy and they can hurt friendships and break families apart. There have been many campaigns to help end bullying, but they can’t do it alone. It’s up to us as a nation, as a community, and as a school to help end the war against bullying. So stand up and be a voice for the people who can’t find theirs. Take a pledge and stand up to bullying.

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Bullying: what are the effects?