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2013 Edition, July Issue

Bullying in College
by Ed Jones

Bullying on a college campus may take many forms. The results however, are usually the same. Studies show that as vicitm's of bullying become older, their self-esteem is less likely to return after an encounter with a bully. The result, suicide.

The death of 18 year old Tyler Clementi in 2010 brought national attention to both cyberbullying and bullying in college. The Rutgers University freshmen's roommate, along with a hall mate from their dorm building, used a webcam to record a sexual encounter between Clementi and another male. After Clemeti's roommate spread the news of Clementi's sexual preference and the recording itself, the teen committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge.

Absolutely anyone - male or female - can be picked on, made fun of, harassed, or bullied in a variety of other ways. Some groups of people are more susceptible to bullies than others. People who are bullied are often different from their bully or entire peer group. For example, they may be: overweight or underweight, a new student in school or on campus, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) or perceived as such by others, wear glasses or clothes that others deem nerdy or unfashionable, have fewer friends than the bully does, be disabled, depressed, or suffering from low self-esteem.

If you or someone you know is bullied at school or college take immediate action before things get worse. Bullying is not acceptable. Report what is happening to a parent, professor, college dean, or the police. Do not allow what happened to Tyler Clementi happen to someone else.   



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