It is their behavior that has created such great concern and continues to wreak havoc on helpless children who probably feel defenseless. Society should not be shocked or dismayed when occasionally one of these victims grows up with a rage for revenge so painful as to go on a rampage. Of course, when that happens, the media and school administrators proclaim that being teased is no excuse, all students are teased. This is absurdity, since if it were true, psychologist and doctors would not be expressing concern. Conversely, what of the victim who drops out of school to stop the pain or even the ones who commit suicide?
Schools, teachers, parents and others are failing the youngest and most innocent who are victimized by their peers. Many studies have been conducted, surely examining the process of becoming a victim, or who becomes a victim and why. Research about the sad consequences probably exist even though the effects stare out at people every day. Teachers must learn the difference between typical teasing and the creation of victims being damaged on a regular basis. The focus must be directed on the perpetrators of abuse, which to call it as clearly as possible, they are abusers who need help as well.
There are so many potential areas of research within this framework such as harassment between grade levels and the additional harassment which is not only peer harassment but sexual harassment between boys and girls.
The harassment between genders is not always sexual and this factor is also a matter of interest. Possibilities multiply if ethnicity were added to that mix. Psychologists can feed for some time at this trough of problems and solutions may be difficult to find. But the effort would be worthwhile in order to save some lives and relieve or repair psychological harm.
This subject matter could be explored further. Suffice it to say that the fragile psychological development of children can be easily harmed by abusers of all kinds, including peer abusers. As is so often said, children are the future-why not treat them as such?
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and Adolescence: A Multidisciplinary Research Publication, 38(4), pp 487-499. doi: 10.2007/s10964-008-9386-4. Retrieved from: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/6ks014wp.