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Dr. Claudio Cerullo discusses the impact of bullying: A Precursor to Crime

In 1999, twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The year before Columbine, five persons were killed at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Post-event analysis produced evidence that the shooters, four boys ranging between 11- and 18-years old, were victims of bullying in their schools.

The F.B.I and the U.S. Department of Education have reported that almost three-quarters of student shooters in these and other attacks apparently felt bullied or threatened at school. Members of law enforcement, educators, and psychologists have begun giving bullying a second look, coming to recognize its detrimental impact on the lives of both the bullies and their victims.

Studies have estimated that as many as one in three teenagers are involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim, and bullying is more prevalent at elementary and junior high schools than high schools.1 Throughout the country, education, health, and safety professionals have worked together to address the issue of bullying. Children are learning to identify both direct and indirect bullying, and they are learning how to cope with bullies.

Direct bullying includes ongoing coercive and intimidating behavior, threats, or acts causing physical harm, while indirect bullying consists of ongoing acts such as verbal bullying (malicious teasing), and relational bullying (spreading rumors or excluding someone from a group). Some types of bullying, such as sexual bullying, can be both direct and indirect.

The impact of bullying has been affirmed in recent research:
According to the National Center for Education Statistics survey "Student Reports of Bullying," students who were bullied were more likely to report that they had "carried a weapon to school for protection (4 percent), as compared to students who were not bullied (1 percent).

Bullied students were also more likely to report being involved in a physical fight (15 percent), compared to non bullied students (4 percent).

A 2006 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) survey found that some bullies were seven times more likely than non-bullies to have carried a weapon to school in the last month.

The National Education Association reports that 160,000 victims of bullying miss one or more school days each month because they are too afraid to go to.


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About Dr. Claudio Cerullo
Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo possesses more than seventeen-years experience in education. Dr. Claudio Cerullo earned his Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Social Science Education where he was elected President of the Student Government and Education Association. Dr. Cerullo earned his Master's Degree in Professional Elementary and Secondary Education with his concentration in Educational Administration, earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration and has attended educational leadership training in Diversity/Multi-Cultural Education through Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.