American schools encounter bullying issues more often than most academic institutions abroad. There’s no proof but it seems like many American children and teens possess behavioral problems that link them to eventually becoming bullies at school.
There have been many solutions and methods used by different schools but most of them actually did not result into something worthy for recognition. For instance, complex disciplinary methods and school based consultation have not made a strong impact towards curbing the problem.
Nevertheless, it does not mean that bullying isn’t preventable. In fact, there are ways to stop it once and for all. What we’re emphasizing here though is that the usual and traditional methods schools offer to parents as some sort of guarantee are obsolete and ineffective. Long term punishment, detention, classroom discussions, and one-on-one counseling used to be effective means of curing bullying but the current behavioral pattern and makeup of the new generation of children and teens have made all of them very unproductive.
What’s needed perhaps is an organized effort to change the whole perception towards the issue. What we mean here is that we should go back to square one and lay it all out as if the problem is new. A collective effort implies the participation of every person in school from teachers, parents, administrators, staff, and social workers.
Since bullying is a very complex behavioral problem, solving the issue should not be a case-to-case basis. The approach should be targeted to the whole, not just the individual cases of children or teens who bully their fellow students. The group should be able to find out what ignites bullies to commit violence and threats and what kind of culture change should be done to at least revise the environment that forces them to behave in such unstable manner.