Video of the Week – The Bullying Experiment!

If you’re thinking “I was going to step in – if it kept going.” while watching someone get bullied, you’re too late!

I came across this video on Facebook and shared it around the office. It was no surprise that everyone here was disgusted with what they saw. It’s amazing how few people are willing to step in, or even call the authorities, when someone is being publicly humiliated and physically harassed in public. Imagine if that was you?

Unfortunately bullying is at an all time high in America, it’s not much better here in Canada, and there is very little being done by the public to stop it. The more people who “let it happen”, the more often it will happen and the vicious circle will continue to repeat for generations to come.

11 Staggering Facts About Bullying In America (source: Business Insider):

  • Bullying affects nearly 1 in 3 American schoolchildren in grades 6 through 10.
  • 83% of girls and 79% of boys report experiencing harassment.
  • Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day.
  • It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
  • 35% of kids have been threatened online.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth report being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
  • Bullies often go on to perpetrate violence later in life: 40% of boys identified as bullies in grades 6 through 9 had three or more arrests by age 30.
  • One of every 10 students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying.
  • 75% of school shooting incidents have been linked to bullying and harassment.
  • 64% of children who were bullied did not report it.
  • Nearly 70% of students think schools respond poorly to bullying.

This video experiment filmed on a University campus illustrates how bad bullying really is and how few people are willing to do anything about it.

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