Bullying Can Destroy a Student’s Performance in School, Too

Bullying Can Destroy a Student’s Performance in School, Too

Recently, I discussed how bullying can lead to a young person’s excessive absences from school. Unfortunately for a young victim, bullying at school can also have a devastating effect on grades and class performance.

When it goes on mostly in one setting such as school, being in that environment makes the victim feel like he or she has a target on his or her back. As I said in my post on absences,

“Always waiting for the next bad thing, they are in a constant state of alert, like a rabbit under a bush who knows there’s an owl up in the trees somewhere. In such a continuous fight-or-flight mode, it’s impossible to learn—you can’t focus on lessons and studies when your mind is constantly racing to figure out ways you can protect yourself.”

I can tell you from my own experience, you become hyper-vigilant, which breeds anxiety and leads to mental and physical exhaustion. Focusing so much on ways to protect yourself, safety takes priority over studying or even paying attention in class. How can you concentrate on schoolwork when you’re constantly bombarded with threats, taunts, name-calling and physical violence? How can you study and learn effectively when trapped and exhausted, stuck in what seems to be a never-ending fight-or-flight mode?

As I said last time, owls cast a long shadow when you’re a rabbit.

I explain it this way in my book, From Victim to Victorwhich explains things a little deeper:

“…when anyone, even the most logical and rational of anyone, is under a large amount of stress that lasts over a long period, the glucocordicoids that have flooded the brain and body for so long will cause the atrophy of areas responsible for memory, emotional regulation and ability to maintain positive relationships…”

Is it any surprise that the majority of targets of bullying have such poor grades and class performance? Should there be any doubt?

Worse, after being told over and over for so long “You’re nothing and never will amount to anything,” bullying targets begin to believe these terrible things about themselves. A condition, known as “Learned Helplessness” develops, and targets simply stop trying altogether (I’ll revisit this in a future post).

So you see, bullying can affect all areas of a victim’s life. Not just the social, is destroys academics and other achievements as well.



About the Author

Cherie White

Cherie White, both a writer and author, joined the team after being discovered by Brian through her own personal blog and through social media. She has been writing ever since she was ten years old and has a love for writing articles, short stories and novels. She became intrigued with the new Pyngby app because it helps victims pinpoint victims and their harassers for easy protection and litigation if need be. Because she experienced severe bullying from sixth grade until changing schools during her last year of high school, she has a passion for spreading bullying awareness and helping those who are bullied and abused today. Her goal is to bring down the suicide rate among bullied children, teens and young adults. Her debut novel, “From Victim to Victor” is available now at LuLu. Cherie looks forward to helping victims through Watchdog Creative.

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