This is not a terrible situation, and most children after they develop the correct vocabulary and phrasing, can identify these differences and not sound so "mean" while trying to explain what they are seeing as differences in another person. It is up to the parents and teachers in our community to explain to the children that just because someone is "different" does not mean that they deserve to be treated poorly.
Do not let this simple "teasing" fool you though. Because it is when
"teasing" or "misunderstanding differences" towards another person gets taken too far and becomes a serious problem. A problem that can have long term negative effects on people, some that even last an entire lifetime.
There are many negative effects that bullying causes in people: children/teens and even adults. The first step to solving a problem is to understand the problem and the results or consequences of that problem. If we are going to eliminate bullying we must first look at its negative effects and take action to prevent it!
It might be surprising to you to find out that 1 in 10 Students that drop out of school dropped out due to being bullied. If someone feels as though they can't be accepted for who they are in the ONE PLACE that they are suppose to feel safe, why would they want to stay? This is a problem because these children lose out on the opportunity to advance their education and possibly make a more successful life for themselves.
Millions of Students Drop Out Each Year
2. School Shootings
The worst case outcome from bullying is, of course, depression and suicide. This does not only pertain to children, but teens and adults as well. Depression is a very serious illness that over 350 Million people worldwide suffer from. We could prevent some of these suicide cases by eliminating bullying and teaching our children to accept others for their differences.
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