Really getting tired of this now.
People act like bullying just started in the past 2 years.
Bullying has been around forever.
When I was in school there was a simple solution, you stood up for yourself and either beat the bullies ass or took an ass whooping. In the end everyone moved on..
You are correct and to expand on your thoughts: getting or giving an asswhopping wasnt the ACTUAL solution. Actually, it was the fact that the target fought back - THAT was the answer. Bullies are looking for easy prey without consequences. Once the prey fights back (win or lose) the bullies usually sought a new, easy target!
Bullies typically don't go after those kids who are able to stand up for themselves. But they can make school hell for someone who is small, shy, and smarter than the majority of other students.
Kids commit suicide because of bullying every year. In some cases, they and their parents approached the school, and their complaint was shrugged off--maybe because of laziness, maybe because of the attitude that kids should "just" stand up for themselves and bullying won't be a problem. It's hard for a kid for whom school is utter hell to see that there really is a life beyond school.
Others, who may not have been pushed to the point of suicide, suffer life long scars because of bullying. The trauma can cause difficulty finding and keeping a job, or having a stable relationship.
I'm glad that more attention is being paid to the problem of bullying. I just hope it's not made political, as in only noticing bullying when (supposed) LBTG kids are the targets, but ignoring it otherwise. Bullying behavior is illegal for adults; it's time to hold kids to that standard.