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Research by the Secret Service on 37 school shootings found that almost three-quarters of student shooters felt bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others. In fact, several shooters reported experiencing long-term and severe bullying and harassment from their peers. By standing up for someone being bullied we could be stopping the growth of a potential school shooter.
85% of the student population are witnesses to bullying and the bystanders who do nothing can suffer guilt, fear, and anxiety which has been known to lead to substance abuse, personality disorders and self-harm. When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time so why don’t we step in and help the victim and report what we saw?
According to research Hey U.G.L.Y. did with 6,000 students, the number one reason we don’t help is because we are afraid the bully will go after us. The reason we don’t report is because we don’t want to be a snitch. But the only way we bullying can stop it is if we report what we saw and we can now do that anonymously to the police department and here at school.
Since most students are afraid the bully will come after them, Hey U.G.L.Y. worked with the Michigan City Police Department to create ways students can ‘SAFELY’ come to the aid of someone being bullied. In 2011 they launched Bullying Bystanders Unite, today they are launching their I SEE BULLY app which can help students and adults, in real time, know what to do to safely come to the aid of someone being bullied whether on campus or off.
Volunteer opportunities are available. Please email PreventBullyingNow@heyugly.org for details.