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This topic affects me personally because I was mentally, emotionally and psychologically damaged and scarred from elementary school, junior high and high school. When I reached high school I’ve learned to deal with these types of people and not pay any attention to them, however that didn’t mean that their words did not affect me.
It's sickening that in today's society that bullying is still tolerated, and even when the smaller kids (whether in elementary school, junior high or high school) are getting picked on or bullied the authorities don't think twice about it. Yes, it is part of reality and taunting and hardships between others will never go away, but that doesn't mean that it has to continue in the learning enviornment. Sure, life is tough, hard, cold and cruel - but learning how life works the hard way is not the way to go, especially if it'll damage kids psychologically later on in their life. I am amazed to see that the junior high schools are also turning into a war zone; I also heard on the news that grade school children are starting to get more aggressive these days.
Bullying is not something to be taken lightly. I only know firsthand that if it's not dealt with right away it will get worse in the future. It doesn't matter if it's just verbally abusive or mentally taunting or physical confrontation - it's still bullying and it can psychologically damage that person if not taken care of directly.
That is all I have to say on the subject. Hope everyone takes this into consideration because this is a terrible issue that has yet to be taken care of when it is seriously a bigger issue than people think it is.