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How Bullying is a Social Justice Issue

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Evan Layton

on 16 January 2013

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By Evan Layton Bullying: A Social Justice Issue Social Justice is complete equality of all people Examples of Social Justice What Is Social Justice? Getting judged because of the being of a certain ethnic background School Bullying Everybody knows generally what bullying is, but how much do you actually know? How Is It A Social Justice Issue Bullying usually has a huge impact on how someone presents themselves in society because of the focus applied to the negatives, rather than the positives. Physical: Steps Towards Stopping Bullying The Canadian Teachers' Federation asked for the addition of cyber bullying to the Criminal Code Being more fair to the society while following all the rules and regulations of society In other words... Related to Bullying Getting bullied because of their gender, whether it be towards a male or female Singling out a black person in a white community for holding that ethnicity

Going along with a stereotype towards a certain race (e.a. Jews are bad) A female telling a male he's not a "true man" because he doesn't have abs

A male telling a female to go back to the kitchen because it's where she belongs these are all real life examples that can be seen in society, potentially throughout our school even During the victims time period of being in school
Can be physical, verbal or emotional
Tends to occur most commonly during gym, recess/lunch, waiting for the bus, in the hallways or in the bathroom
Bullying happens in so many different places and ways that it's extremely hard to stop
It can engage in 1 or more people victimizing an individual or group, usually for an unreasonable reason
Generally the victim won't say anything about getting bullied so the instigator can't retaliate afterwards Bullying: “aggressive behaviour where a dominant individual or group abuses their greater power by threatening a less dominant individual” It causes negative effects on the victim such as: self harm (cutting, burning, starvation etc.)
depression
social isolation
suicide Why do bullies put down people? They usually don't start off with this characteristic
They often come from families where they are the victim, causing them to believe "you bully or you get bullied"
To take out their anger and tension from their out of school lives Where and How is Bullying Happening at School? Physical bullying usually happens when no authority figures are around, and even if bystanders are around or not they usually won't do anything for their own sake of being bullied Verbal: Punching
Pushing
Kicking
Inappropriate Touching
Fighting Tickling
Headlocks
School Pranks
Use of weaponry Verbal bullying can occur at any moment, like while walking past one another, or laughing at them in class Swearing towards the victim
Making rude comments about them as an individual (personal attack)
Tormenting
Harassment Emotional: By causing the individual to feel targeted for an unjustified reason, the bully causes emotional distress Spreading rumours
Excluding someone from a "group"
Ignoring people purposely
Harassment Although cyber bullying isn't in actual contact with the two individuals, it's extensively continued from school to home VIA social networking websites Spreading the awareness of what can be done when an individual is being victimized: Tell a parent or another authority figure If the bully does not choose to stop, they can be charged for harassment (and/or manslaughter if the victim results in committing suicide) Case Study: Amanda Todd Most of us have at least a limited amount of knowledge on the Amanda Todd case: A 15-year old BC girl committed suicide due to extensive bullying. Amanda Todd: Bullied Teen Commits Suicide The Huffington Post B.C. | By Andree Lau Posted: 10/11/2012 7:46 pm EDT Updated: 11/12/2012 1:56 pm EST "A Vancouver-area teen who used YouTube to share her heart-wrenching story of being bullied online and beaten at school has killed herself, unleashing a torrent of social media condolences and soul-searching.

Amanda Todd was found dead in Coquitlam on Wednesday night, less than a month before her 16th birthday.

News of her torment and death are being shared on social media through Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, where #RIPAmanda is trending.

"I'm saddened to see that this was the only [way] this young girl could escape such torment. May she rest in peace," posted one woman on Facebook.

Last month, Todd posted a nine-minute video on Youtube featuring her holding up cue cards that chronicled the cyber-bullying and cruelty she suffered, despite changing schools and cities." Case Study: Analysis The story of Amanda is a good example as to how school bullying, and bullying as a whole is a social justice issue in our society. Personally I believe it is one of the biggest social justice issues you can find amongst us humans today, since its happening all the time everywhere we go whether its directly or indirectly. This depressing story brought attention to people nationwide, accumulating mutual feelings between many different countries, races and genders: Bullying needs to be put to an end, just like racism and sexism once was too.
Ontario has taken steps towards putting bullying to an end however it's a large handful to take down since its happening so often at such an extensive rate. Ontario brought in an "anti-bullying legislature" (bill 14) which was an act to make bullying awareness and prevention week in all schools. This is just a first step towards putting bullying to an end; bringing the very harmful social justice issue down.
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