To me, it seems that boarding schools, who tout the maxim of 'a home away from home' should prevent bullying to provide more time for learning tasks, often tend to ignore the very physical and psychological well being of students.
In fact, bullying affects junior students' sense of security through harassment and victimization within the school by the senior students. Bullying in all formats could be found such as physical, sexual, verbal or emotional in boarding schools that tend to function like black boxes.
It is also being felt that Indian penal laws should be applied to schools to stop pervasive form of explicit and implicit bullying and abuse in boarding schools. It is inappropriate on part of parents and the school management to ignore this issue. These schools indulge in excessive perceived power imbalance among students in the form of hierarchy like school captain and prefects wherein some children rule over others ruthlessly.
Many child psychologists say that the long-term effects of school bullying can be in the form of social insensitivity, aggression, anxiety, and depression. Therefore, both teachers and parents should understand and recognize the signs of bullying and should be equipped with strategies and tools to address school bullying.
Schools must understand the semiotics bullying and use strategies in preventing the menace before drastic measures are taken by the victims, such as suicide.
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