A Bully is a person who uses strength or power to physically or psychologically abuse others. They can be of any race, or age and from many different family types. Bullies tend to pick on children that are younger then them, suffer from disabilities, that are seen as different from their peers, and who appear to be emotionally vulnerable.
Bullying is a very serious problem. It's extremely common in schools and occurs at all grade levels. Many adults who were bullied as children tend to have a wide range of psychological problems, commonly including low self- esteem. It's very important to take a stand against your bully, and don't let them destroy you. Here are some tips to help:
Don't give the bully any chances. Avoid confrontations with them as much as possible.
Always keep your emotions under control. Bullies thrive on making others feel hurt or uncomfortable. It makes them feel more powerful.
Make some friends and use the buddy system. A bully is more likely to leave you alone if your surrounded by friends.
Be sure to speak to your parents, teacher, school counselor or principal. If the first adult is non- responsive then further steps should be taken to resolve the situation, which may include going before the school board, seeking legal counsel, or having your parents remove you from the school if possible.
We as a society need to take a proactive approach to handling the bully epidemic in our schools.