Welcome to The Bullying Project!
This project is a compilation of research and curriculum designed to aid school administrators and teachers in combating the current bullying phenomenon. The project started with my initial interest in adolescent bullying while writing my senior thesis at Chapman University. As I continued my education at Washington State University, I refined my interesting in bullying to school settings.
Schools are unique environments that facilitate child and adolescent social development. With the increase in school aggression, bullying has increasingly put students at significant risk for externalizing and internalizing issues. The goal of this project is to create awareness of the bullying problem and offer resources to assist school administrators and teachers in reducing bullying within their own school.
The stories of every victim of bullying will never be told. However, some of the more serious cases do make into the media. Here is one child’s story.
Phoebe Prince had no safe place to go at South Hadley High School.
Court paperwork reveals that the 15-year-old freshman suffered harassment in the hallways, the library, the classrooms, the lunchroom and even the bathroom. According to witnesses, the bullies hissed curse words, yelled obscenities and threatened to beat her up, sometimes within earshot of school faculty.
As Phoebe walked home from school on this final day of her life, [a peer] passing by in a vehicle [threw] an empty energy drink can in Phoebe’s direction and yell something degrading. Phoebe was crying as she continued her walk. When she arrived home, she hanged herself in a stairwell, wearing the same clothing she had on at school that day.
Witnesses stated that Phoebe’s reaction to the constant harassment varied from fear and apprehension to crying. She asked her friends to stay close to her in the hallways. One witness reported that Phoebe went to school administrators because she “was scared and wanted to go home.” The same witness said Phoebe returned to class and told her that no action was going to be taken and that “she was still going to get beat up.”
One witness told investigators, in a written statement, that Phoebe was not an aggressive person, and stated: “She definitely didn’t want to fight with the girls in the school. She just wanted to keep to herself and keep things the way they were. She wanted people to stop picking on her, to stop being bullied. She wanted people to leave her alone. She wanted people to stop spreading rumors and stop the girls from talking about her.”
- Story by Molly Line; Taken from CNN.com
Please explore this site, learn about the current research on bullying, and download The Bullying Project curriculum as a solution for bullying at your school. Let’s make every school a safe school for our children!