Bullying: Beyond High School and Into College

We’ve all heard of bullying in high school, but bullying in college, more than often, doesn’t make headlines unless it’s filed under hazing.

Bullying is a problem that’s actually very common in college. Students who were not reprimanded for their bullying-ways as children, carry that behavior on into adulthood.


Bullying, like any other habit, is not easy to break. It’s a behavior in which individuals enjoy tormenting others.

So what’s the difference between bullying and hazing?

Hazing is usually associated when a group or organization inflicts trauma on another individual in order to accept that person as one of them.

Bullying, on the other hand, is usually targeting an individual just to be mean.

Hazing and bullying are very serious matters that occur on college campus’s everyday.

Many organizations (particularly fraternities, sororities and athletic teams) are being shut down across the nation for tormenting and hazing other students.

The outcomes are harsh for some, as it should be. Extreme occurrences in hazing have been documented, some of them ending in death.

Authorities in many states have been cracking down and handing out harsh punishments to college students who have been involved in hazing cases. Other than shutting down the organization, consequences have included expulsion from the university or worse, heading to court and receiving jail time.

But what happens when it’s not a student-on-student issue?

Students aren’t the only ones picking on one another. There have also been cases where teachers have been caught harassing their students as well.

Teachers who pick on students tend to abuse their authoritative position by punishing, ridiculing, or manipulating a student for their own pleasure.

Bullying and hazing are matters that can lead to depression or even suicide.

If you or someone you know is being bullied or hazed, do the right thing and seek help. There’s no excuse for someone to suffer for the mere satisfaction of another person. No one should have control over the happiness of another and no one should force another person to do something they don’t want to do. Hazing and bullying is wrong and if people don’t stand up against it, it will continue to occur across college campus’s.

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