Dr. George Froggé, Austin Peay State University
This study examined bullying and its correlation with school violence. Students at a mid-sized state university, in the southeast region of the United States, were surveyed to determine the different types of bullying they might have experienced: face-to-face at school, by phone or text, and online through social media. Consideration was given to the frequency of bullying type(s) and retaliatory incidents occurring because of a bullying offense. The results indicated that face-to-face bullying at school was more prevalent than phone or text and social media bullying. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents reported knowing or witnessing a retaliatory incident due to a bullying offense.
American schools are supposed to provide a warm, friendly, nurturing environment, so our children may learn and grow up to be responsible citizens. Instead, some of our country’s schools have become scenes of death and destruction because of shooting incidents. School violence and safety has become an important educational issue and affects everyone in our country. Prior research has pointed to the notion of bullying as a contributing factor for school violence (Burgess et al., 2006; Harter et al., 2003; Leary et al., 2003; Sandler & Alpert, 2000).
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