Study: Anti-bullying Programs Increase Bullying

By:  Selwyn Duke
Study: Anti-bullying Programs Increase Bullying

Well, bully for anti-bullying programs. After spending countless millions instituting them nationwide, a university study has concluded that it isn’t just that they don’t work.  They actually increase bullying.

The head researcher of the study, University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong, did not start out as a critic of anti-bullying programs, mind you; on the contrary, he expected to find that they’d mitigated the nation’s bullying problem. Much to his dismay, however, he learned that students in schools boasting anti-bullying programs were more likely to be bullied than those attending schools without such programs. reports on his explanations for the findings, writing:

Jeong says they [anti-bullying-program videos] may actually teach students different bullying techniques — and even educate about new ways to bully through social media and texting.

Jeong said students with ill intentions “…are able to learn, there are new techniques [and gain] new skills.” He says students might see examples in videos and then want to try it.

According to Jeong, some programs even teach students how to bully without leaving evidence behind.

In other words, the programs could perhaps be called Building a Better Bully 101.

But this comes as no surprise. It much reminds me of a boy I knew who had been diagnosed with “ADHD” and given a book on ADHD children’s behavior. It was a book his mother would soon take away because, as she told me, he was starting to imitate the proverbial “ADHD-afflicted” boy in the book. Then I remember the man who explained the effects of the sex education he received at age 11, saying, “The first thing I did was run home and b*** the girl next door.” Perhaps this is why an illegitimacy rate that was four percent in the 1940s has, after decades of Kinsey-fraud sex education, exploded to 42 percent (and rising) today.

In fairness, it’s not clear from the CBS article whether bullying actually increased in districts that instituted anti-bullying programs or if the incidence of it merely was greater than in districts that never took such measures in the first place; if the latter, the phenomenon’s explanation may simply be that localities more plagued by bullying are more likely to institute anti-bullying programs. Whatever the case, however, there’s much wrong with this approach.

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