Bully: A Crucial Factor in School Violence

School violence is a form of attack that involves physical assault, bullying and it results to killings, severe injuries and creates serious panic in the minds of the vulnerable children. The negative effects of the violence on the child are so severe that the child becomes scared to go to the school in fear of such attacks or the fear of being bullied. Bully is an important aspect of school violence, for it is closely related to violence out break. Because of the fact that bully is an important factor in school violence, it has become an issue of interest whenever school violence is the topic of discussion. We shall now examine the issue of bully with a view to understanding its crucial position in school violence. The American National Youth Violence Prevention Centre is a center established to provide resource materials to professionals, parents, and youth who work towards preventing violence. The information used in compiling this article is, in fact, obtained from the center, accessible at


Bully may take many forms that include mocking on the way one speaks, acts, walks or may take the form of beating shoving, slapping. In addition to that, females are bullied by way of being accused of sexual comments or by gossips that may lead to the victim being avoided or exempted from interaction.


The bully, that is the person perpetuating the act against others, is usually by nature aggressive, hot tempered, easily provoked, easily frustrated and prone to violence.

They are generally dominating in nature and are usually physically big. Socially, bullies are easily hated, feared. They also perform poorly in their studies, and get into trouble quite easily. They are prone to fights, taking up to drinking and smoking and are frequently engaged in a fight.


The home that lacks close supervision of the behaviors of the children, does not give emotional nourishment to the child, has great tendency to produce bullying children. The discipline method such as harsh or highly free discipline approach is likely to result into producing a bullying child.


They make friends easily, though the sorts of friends are the ones that appreciate their attitude but are not bullies themselves.


The bullied, that is the children that receive the action of the bully, are naturally anxious, fearful, and cautious with very low self-esteem. They hardly fight back. They are usually lonely and lack social skills. They are physically weak by nature.


Bullying behavior has a relation with criminal tendencies in the future as adult. A recent study reveals that about 60% of the bullies are found to have been convicted for one crime or the other by the age of 24. The behavior of the bully persists to adulthood, hammering them from having responsible relationships.


The bullied are tensed, anxious scared. It has the tendency of making them lose concentration and absent themselves from the school.     

It is obvious from the above discussion that bully contribute in the occurrence of school violence. Therefore, eliminating bullying behavior from a child or preventing its development in a child, is as good as combating or preventing school violence itself.