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A security camera inside Carson Elementary School in Ohio recorded the assault on an 8 y.o. boy by a fellow student in a restroom. Other children are believed to have struck and kicked Gabriel Taye as he lay unconscious, then stepped calmly over him. Two days later, the boy hanged himself .
Impact of Bullying
The victims of bullying are more likely to feel disconnected from their peers, self-isolate, and perform poorly in school [2A]. They can have low self-esteem, feelings of emptiness, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Physical problems, also, occur. Victims may have headaches and stomach aches, problems sleeping, and difficulty concentrating – all contributing to higher absenteeism (school avoidance) [2B].
In extreme cases, victims may self-harm (via cutting, alcohol, or drugs) and/or attempt to take their own lives. Tragically, some like Gabriel Taye are successful.
Which begs the question: Are schools keeping our children safe? The evidence strongly suggests they are not.
An investigation by the Associated Press uncovered an astounding 17,000 official reports of sexual assault by students in elementary and secondary schools over a four-year period [3A]. Continue reading