Today suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14. However, in most cases, the young people die from hanging, as to overdosing, self mutilation, and other suicidal ideations. A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. Suicide rates among children between the ages of 10 & 14 are very low, but are “creeping up.” The suicide rate among young male adults in Massachusetts rose 28 percent in 2007. However, that does not reflect deaths among teenagers and students. Since 2002, at least 15 school children ages 11 to 14 have committed suicide in Massachusetts. Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. In 2005 (the last year nationwide stats were available), 270 children in the 10-14 age group killed themselves as a result of being a victim of bullying.
Doesn’t matter what people say bullying can take many forms but it usually includes the following types of behavior from the person inflicting the bullying to their intended victim(s):
• Physical this involves hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying.
• Verbal Bullying involves name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks
• Indirect Bullying spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumors, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages (cyber bullying).
• Cyber Bullying - any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium. There are 7 types including:
1. Text message bullying
2. Picture/video clip bullying via mobile phone cameras
3. Phone call bullying via mobile phones
4. E-mail bullying
5. Chat-room bullying
6. Bullying through instant messaging (IM)
7. Bullying via websites
Did you know in the US alone it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by their peers.. Schools in todays society harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and astonishingly 2.7 million of their victims, also that 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Statistics also show that 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school, and 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school, and that 71% of today’s students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. However, its sad to say that statistics show that 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school. There are approximately 282,000 students that are physically attacked in secondary schools each month, and those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools. Stats also show that 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers. Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings. In 2009 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.” while 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools. Also 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home. While 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying. Sadly enough harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shootings incidents in the United States alone