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Proposal: Bullying in Westernport Maryland

Bullying is something that happens so often, especially with teens. I often hear people picking on someone else; calling them names, yelling at them, or making fun of their clothes. I do not remember a time where bullying wasn’t an issue. I have been bullied and I have watched many people of all ages be bullied. I have seen bullying result in physical violence between adults, teenagers, and even children as young as eight. Bullying is an issue that definitely can impact everyone in the town.

The Issue

Problem Defined

The problem that I am trying to solve is Bullying in Westernport, Maryland and the surrounding areas. Bullying is becoming a large problem, especially in the local Middle school where I coach volleyball. The saying that bullying is "a kid thing" should come to an end and children should learn to be kind and respect other's differences.  

Background
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Bullying in Young Children MORE

Children, as soon as they begin school, are experiencing bullying. Kids are being pushed and called names. 

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Bullying in Teens MORE

Teens are often bullied more than children. Bullying in teens can result in physical altercation and suicide. 

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Bullying in Adults MORE

If children and teens are not taught about bullying then it can result in adults being bullies. Adult bullying can also result in physical altercation. Adults being bullies teaches children that it is okay to bully others. 

Sources
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Short Term and Long Term Effects of Bullying: Psychological & Societal

Psycom.net - (Invalid date)

https://www.psycom.net/effects-of-bullying [

Discusses how bullying has long term effects on people like depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, and difficulty trusting people in their lives. 

Authors

I am a student at Allegany College of Maryland pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree. I want to become a preschool teacher and eventually open up my own daycare for ages birth to four. This topic is important to me because two of younger siblings have been bullied at different times in their lives and I saw the effect on them.   



Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.
Haley Wilt
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The Solution

Proposed Actions
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School Assemblies MORE

Victims of bullying can talk about their experiences. Even former bullies could talk about how bullying did them no good and how they changed. Families of suicide victims could talk about their experiences also. 

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Flyers Sent Home from School for Parents MORE

This would send a message home from school about the effects of bullying and get more adults talking about bullying. 

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Flyers on Bullying Posted Around Time MORE

Adults are more likely to see flyers around town and hopefully would impact them in a positive way.

Expected Results
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Awareness To ChildrenMORE

Children will become aware of the impacts of bullying at a young age. Hopefully this will stop future bullying. 

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Awareness to Teens MORE

Teens also will learn the impact of bullying and realize that they're are real dangers when you decide to bully someone. It could end up with someone ending their life. 

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Awareness in AdultsMORE

Adults will learn that bullying is not just happening to teens. That adults are bullying each other. And that this can teach new generations that bullying is something that is okay to do, which is incredibly dangerous. 

Budget

These solutions will just have a cost of paper and ink for printing out flyers. It will also cost some to bring in special speakers at schools, but some could volunteer. 

The Conversation

3 months ago
I am passionate about bullying because both my sister and my little brother have been bullied severely. My sister has graduated but before that, she was bullied pretty badly. A video of her went around the whole school and people made fun and laughed at her. I watched how it affected her and sadly, I don’t think it was something that she can come back from. It really tore her apart. As I stated before, my brother has also been bullied on the school bus. He is currently in the third grade and I hope he doesn’t have to go through that again. But sadly, I believe he will have to at some point or another.

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