Nancy Ferraro, a math teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, saw the effects of student aggression as recently as this week.
“It was yesterday, actually, when a student came into my classroom and bumped into another kid,” Ferraro said. “The kid he bumped into shoved him hard in the chest, knocked him back, and told him to ‘watch out, b—-h.’ I was shocked and had to refer him to the vice principal for counseling.”
That aggression often goes even further, which can lead to depression or, in some cases, suicide.
In a 2010 study that surveyed 524,054 K-12 students at 1,593 schools in the United States, 17 percent of students reported they were bullied three times a month or more. Out of those bullied, more than 40 percent of girls and 45 percent of boys said the abuse had taken place for longer than a year...