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Bullying in Mexico: A Growing Epidemic South of the Border

Bullying in Mexico

Bullying is becoming a gigantic world-wide problem which seems to be roaring unchecked through all social institutions without regard to age, economic status, or ethnicity. It seems to be having a serious impact among individuals of any human condition. Violence and meanness have always been dark attributes of human behavior, and the act of bullying fits that pattern all too well. Bullying behavior involves someone-usually someone stronger- taking unfair advantage of another person, usually perceived to be a weaker person. Often, the bully hits,threatens, screams at, or otherwise physically injures or threatens the victim. Learn about Bullying in Mexico Now!

The behavior known as bullying requires no actual physical contact or force to change general meanness into bullying. Intimidation or fear are all that is really needed–the creation of the apprehension or fear in the victim is sufficient. Bullied individuals are known to withdraw from social interaction and a few have been known to commit suicide as a result of having been bullied. Currently, there is a worldwide movement to raise awareness about bullying in an effort to lessen its effectiveness as a means of social control, and ultimately to eliminate it everywhere.

The word used in Mexico to describe this cruel practice,, ironically, is still “bullying.” But the horrendous act is still the same world-wide. Bullying consists of the intimidation of another human being in order to somehow control that individual. The goal of the bully by the committing intimidating acts is to intimidate the victim in such a way that the victim is stripped of all sense of self-worth, capability, and security.

The concept of bullying in Mexico extends through the primary school as well ay the secondary schools. Thus, it is basically kids-on-kids situation, with no real difference existing in the occurrence of the violence and intimidation just because little kids are involved. The fact that they are younger and smaller than adult criminals guilty of some of the same acts does not change the situation.

Reports of the spread of the problem indicate that occurrences of bullying have greatly increased in recent times both in school environments and throughout society. CNN-Mexico, reporting as the Mexican press indicates that the practice has grown by 10% in the recent two year period of 2011-2013. While 10% does not seem to be significant, when the fact that many of the victims are young school children, the picture becomes bleaker for youngsters in Mexico.

The number of schoolkids impacted by bullying in Mexico has been estimated to be 65%, a staggering figure for Mexican schools and the Mexican government. The statistic means that more than six out of every ten kids are receiving inappropriate treatment from peers and other influences in their lives. The effect of this brutal socialization on a young person means that the youngster has every reason to fear attending school or appearing at social events.

Resources capable of being diverted to fighting bullying in Mexico must be assessed. Is the government the appropriate vehicle for intervening in the social lives of schoolchildren to correct their inappropriate intimidating behavior, or should help come from another direction? Should the church, which plays a considerable role in the lives of Mexican citizens, be expected/encouraged to play a stronger role in correcting the acts of its young members?

Mexico has seen two recent Incidents involving bullying which have sadly resulted in the deaths of at least two young victims. One incident involves a seven-year-old child; the second involves two teens who were killed supposedly for bullying a son of a local drug boss. Both of these incidents reflect the out-of-control state of Mexico’s bullying epidemic. Foxnews.com reported in 2013 the complaint of the father of a seven-year-old boy who claimed that the boy died as a result of violent bullying by peers who submerged his head into a toilet at his state-run school.. Because the boy developed a lung infection which was not diagnosed by the state-operated hospital in time to treat it, the boy died.

The second reported death associated with bullying in mexico involved the death of teenaged victims who allegedly bullied the son of a local drug boss. The press service Reuters reported that the two boys had bullied the son of the notorious drug lord and were later reported missing and were later found dead as a result of having been enticed to respond to a lucrative offer to join a local gang. It is not clear whether the boys knew the identity of the bullying victim in relation to his powerful father when they bullied the boy.

Effective resources available to combat the epidemic of bullying in Mexico remain slim but are picking up steam amid the growing influence of bullying in the schools. Investigation into incidents of bullying is made through government agencies involved with social improvements as the cases continue to spread throughout the country.

New help in conquering the epidemic of Bullying in Mexico is also coming from a source outside of the Mexican government in the form of a Mexican university graduate student and his promulgation of anti-bullying guidelines resulting from his studies of conflict resolution and mediation in the bullying arena. The student is José Ives Soberón, a master’s degree student at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC).

This forward-looking student has formulated a set of usable anti-bullying regulations to be used at universities in Mexico, his home country. The academic project has been referred to as “pioneering,” as it is the first of its kind to make use of type to employ the technique of mediation as a way of addressing the problems arising from bullying and also for conflicts which develop between the university staff and its students.

This phenomenal advance in deriving a solution for Mexican bullying problems propounded by the talent of one of its graduate-level students signals hope for improvement in handling the bullying epidemic in that country. The availability of a solution originating from one of its own future leaders signals a new, positive change. This response to bullying in Mexico is innovative: it provides a proposed mechanism for fighting bullying which originated at a grassroots level in Mexico rather than being brought in as an attempt by outsiders. A program introduced by someone outside the country would be the same as trying to effect a change for a problem that the outsiders cannot perfectly understand despite the fact that bullying is in existence throughout the world.

The epidemic of bullying in Mexico whether in schools or in society must be corrected through attempting to change the behaviors and mindsets of the individuals perpetrating the inappropriate acts. The reasons for the behavior must be explored and addressed before further violent acts plague schools and society, resulting in additional intimidation, fear, injuries, and deaths. Economic disparity and class frustration can be seen as a probable source for much of the conflict, but class conflict and economic woes are not easily solved problems, nor they an adequate excuse for meanness and violence between children or adults. Establishment of accepted behavior standards within society and especially within schools and religious institutions should be an outcome of observing the violent and sometimes deadly effects of bullying behavior in all sectors of society.

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