Anti-bullying programs may lead to more bullying

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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A shocking new study shows anti-bullying programs don't work. In fact, such programs may actually complicate the problem.

Ben Velderman of EAG News reports that a University of Texas at Arlington study concludes that anti-bullying efforts in schools may actually increase incidents of bullying. And he says the study deserves our attention because it was thorough and very comprehensive.

Velderman, Ben (EAG)“It looks at thousands of schools in different states – I think all fifty states actually – to make this determination,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It was pretty extensive and gives the finding credibility, and it is pretty alarming actually.”

Velderman says one could infer from the study that dropping these well-intended programs entirely might be best. 

“Schools that don’t have these anti-bullying programs actually have seen a decrease in bullying,” he says. “So that might suggest that this emphasis on talking about bullying all the time might be a problem.”

The study reports 75% of public school principals have reported one or more violent incidents to the police. Twenty-five percent report school bullying is a weekly or even daily occurrence.

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