With the evolution of technology, social media has inspired a number of statistical reports documenting the severity of bullying. By now, many social media users have probably seen footage of vile bullies relentlessly taunting and tormenting helpless victims, thanks to video sharing platforms like YouTube, Vine, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Although most of the videos have only captured victims being subjected to harsh treatment at the hands of a bully while being taunted by onlookers, many of the latest videos actually capture the victorious underdog prevailing. Now, footage of a schoolyard fight is going viral on social media, but it’s not the bully who has the upper hand. In fact, it’s the bully who ultimately learns an epic lesson after taunting the wrong victim.
The 30-second clip begins with an intimidating bully provoking a fight with a victim. He can be seen pushing the smaller kid, urging him to fight back. After being pushed one too many times, the victim decides to take the bully’s advance and defend himself. It’s probably safe to say the bully quickly realized the mistake he’d made.
The victim immediately goes into battle mode, striking the bully with a solid blow to the face. But, the punches don’t stop there. The victim keeps swinging, connecting blow after blow as the crowd of onlookers cheer him on. By the end of the clip, the bully is left with a bloody nose and face. As the cameraman moves in for a close-up of the bully, the whole left side of his face appears to be red and bloodied. The bully tries to fire back with a smart remark, but his futile attempt goes unnoticed because he’s lost the fight. Then, the clip ends abruptly.
The epic fight has caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of social media users who have also commended the victim for his courageous actions. Many viewers have also agreed the bully got what he deserved and may think twice before provoking a fight with a seemingly vulnerable opponent.
Although there have been many cases where bullying incidents have been overlooked, statistics show approximately 20 percent of all high school students in the United States were bullied at some point last school year and an estimated 15 percent of all students were subjected to cyber-bullying, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Psychology Today explains the victim/bully relationship.
“Bullies couldn’t exist without victims, and they don’t pick on just anyone; those singled out lack assertiveness and radiate fear long before they ever encounter a bully. No one likes a bully, but no one likes a victim either. Grown-up bullies wreak havoc in their relationships and in the workplace.”
However, the implementation of anti-bullying laws has contributed to the notable decline in bullying nationwide as there are now consequences for such actions. Due to the gradual increase in teenage suicides as a result of bullying, many states have opted to take bullying more serious with laws that will hold bullies accountable for their actions.
Since 2005, bullying has declined by eight percent. During an interview with CNN, Dr. Mark Hatzenbuehler, professor in the department of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University, weighed in with his sentiments of the anti-bullying laws now in place. He also shared his reaction to the positive impact the laws have made thus far.
“It’s hard to believe 15 years ago we didn’t really have anti-bullying laws,” said Dr. Hatzenbuehler. “Laws actually work, and as we get a better understanding of what combination of law works best we can create a gold standard of legislation.”
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