Type of Relationship Between Students
Along with that, the students were asked to determine the type of relationship between them and their peers (Q4); the majority of the students about 68% claim that the relationship is great, these students are known to be very open-minded and possess a high level of self-confidence which allows them to interact with their mates without any intimidation; along with that, (29%) of the participants assert that they have a good relationship with their peers, these students are also known to be extroverts and they can easily build friendships without facing any problem; in contrast, the rest of the participants affirm that they have no relationship with their peers, these students fail to interact and befriend with their classmates due to many factors including being of a different race, having different interests and being physically malformed, these individual differences didn’t allow these students to cope with others.
Most students agreed that bullying does exist in their high school (Q5), these students have either witnessed or experienced bullying several times; in contrast, (35%) of the students believe that bullying has never taken place inside their high school, this may be because they have never sighted any incident related to bullying; whereas the rest of the students claim that they don’t know if bullying exists inside their high school or not, these students may not have an idea about what bullying is. Concerning security inside the high school (Q6), (78%) of the participants believe that it exists, these students feel comfortable being inside their institution and they haven’t experienced any suspected accident; in contrast, (14%) of them claim that they do not feel safe inside their high school, they may be constantly targeted by the bullies; along with that, (8%) of the students affirm that they feel safe sometimes, they may witness some bullying accidents which made them feel less secure.
Gravity of Bullying
Most students (75%) strongly agree that bullying is a bad behavior (Q7), these students are aware of the gravity of bullying and what it can cause to victims; along with that,( 22%) of them agree that it is a bad behavior, it can harm both the victim and the bully; in contrary,( 7%) of them disagreed, they do not consider bullying a bad behavior, they’re known to be violent and unfriendly. Regarding bullying form (Q8), most students (87%) affirm that the most common form of bullying is verbal, it may involve calling names and mocking of appearances; in contrary, the minority of the students (5%) assert that physical bullying is the most spread type of bullying, they may have been physically attacked by their mates because they either refused to let the bully take advantage of them at an exam or they rejected the bully’s request to copy their homework; however, the rest of the students (8%) claim that bullying inside their institution is both verbal and physical, these students may be constantly provoked and dominated using assaults and physical strength.
After that, the respondents were asked about how often they get bullied (Q9); the majority about (55%) claim that they never get bullied, these students may have enough strength and confidence to keep the bullies away; in addition to that, (24%) of the respondents admit that they’re seldom bullied, they may have been targeted a single time by a bully; along with that (15%) of them claim that they’re bullied sometimes, they can be familiar with bullying since they experience it from once in a while; however, the minority of them (6%) confirm that they are always bullied, these students may suffer daily at the time that they’re repeatedly getting bullied.
Concerning bullying methods (Q10), the largest part of the participants (34%) assert that they haven’t been bullied, they may have been able to protect themselves from the bullies; in contrary, (30%) of them believe that there have been rumors spread about them by other students who were friends with at a certain period then they fought and they tried to ruin each other’s reputations; moreover, another group of the participants (26%) admit that there have been jokes made about them by some bullies, these bullies usually mock of how their victims looks and ways of dressing up; however (8%) of the participants claim that there were attempts to hurt them physically, these attempts were lead by their peers, the teacher’s interference was able to save these victims; in contrast, the rest of the participants (2%) report that they were threatened, there may be many reasons behind this including refusing to give up their seat for the bully or refusing to share their exam answers.
Thereafter, the respondents were asked how often they bully their mates; the majority of them (88%) claim that they never do; they may be kind and nonviolent; in contrary (8%) of the respondents adduce that they bully their peers from time to time, they may good time irritating and seeing their victims suffer every once in a while; for instance, the minority of the participants (4%) admit that they seldom bully their classmates, they may oppress their peers couple times during the academic track. With regard to where bullying takes place inside the institution (Q12), the half of the respondents (50%) agree that it occurs at the school gate, the bullies may feel more comfortable bullying others when the teachers and the school staff are not around; moreover, another group of the respondents (34%) claim that bullying happens in class, it may occur during the breaks when the teachers leave the class; however, a different group of the respondents (10%) claim that bullying takes place in the bathroom, this may happen because the bathroom cannot be supervised by the school staff; in contrary, the rest of the respondents (6%) claim that bullying occurs in the gym, the bullies may try to take advantage of the games they play to target their victims.
Reaction to a Bullying Incident
Afterward, the participants were asked how they would react if they saw a bullying incident (Q13), the majority of them (71%) affirm that they would inform the administration/ teachers about it, they may be aware that bullying is an unacceptable behavior that must be ceased; other respondents (19%) report that they would try to defend the victims, immediate interference may save the victim from being targeted in the future; in contrary, the minority of the respondents (10%) admit that they would do nothing about it, some students may not feel concerned by what is surrounding them as long as it doesn’t affect them; for instance, none of the students claim that they would join the bully since they are aware of the harm that can be caused by bullying. At the end, the students were asked to provide advice for students to prevent themselves from being bullied (Q14), the majority of them proposed to stay away from the spots that bullies usually stay at, according to them, this would keep them safe; along with that, they suggested to practice sports that would teach how to fight back in case they were physically evoked; in addition to that, they claim that it is important to ignore verbal provocations in order not to give the bully the chance to be noticed, according to them, most bullies are attention seekers, if they are left alone they will stop; other students suggest to improve the self-image that a person has about himself, they believe that high self-esteem and self-confidence are the two major keys to keep the bullies away; however, some students claim that nothing can be done to prevent bullying, they claim that if they knew; they wouldn’t be bullied from the first place.