Why Bullies Target Struggling Students
While the victim of bullying in a 1950s TV show might eventually see a happy ending, today's victims of bullying often endure years of depression, anxiety, fear, or humiliation. In particular, an all-too-common victim scenario is that of the struggling student. These children - already coping with low self-esteem, decreased confidence, shame, anxiety, and sometimes, parental disappointment - can easily get caught in an endless cycle: They're bullied because their low self-esteem (and perhaps poor performance in school) makes them easy targets, and their fear of being bullied can cause them to avoid school, participate less in class, lose interest in academic achievement, or develop an inability to concentrate. It's a case of "being kicked while you're down." But there are things you can do to help!