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Bullying, violence, delinquency, youth, music, therapy, violent, bullied, bullies, societyBullying the real cause of violence, and delinquencyBullying, violence, delinquency, youth, music, therapy, violent, bullied, bullies, society
Bullies, not music, trouble youth
oped Ran in the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer
on Tuesday, November 14, 2000

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Music also releases the bodies own natural substance that aid in relaxation and pain relief, according to a November 1999 issue of 'Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine'.

A February 1970 issue of "Mental Retardation" reported music helps the disabled learn in other areas. The South African Medical Journal, agreed saying music therapy helps in the treatment, rehabilitation, education and training of people suffering physical, mental or emotional disorders. "Perceptual and Motor on Skills" December 1997, also noted that back ground music improves performance during testing.

If we take away or downplay, the music factor what can be a cause violent, or extremely adverse youth problems? Bullying or belittling by one's peer group could be one significant cause.

Parents anticipate their child's sixteenth birthday. They cannot imagine their child not making it to sixteen. the LA times, (January 3, 1999) reported that one morning Brian Head took a revolver to class and yelled "I can't take anymore" Brian then place the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. This horrendous action ended years of bullying. This issue of the LA times also cited research that said, children with leukemia would rather continue chemotherapy and spinal taps, because "the worst pain was going back to school and being teased."

Research that appeared in the fall 1999 issue of 'Child Psychiatry and Human Development' stated killing by youths who showed bullying tendencies rose 124 percent. Sixty-nine percent of the bullies reported being bullied. The same survey reported one third of victims of bullying wanted a transfer to another school. Fifteen considered suicide.

Seventy three percent of incarcerated youths had been bullies or victims at a previous institutions. Forty five percent had been bullies or victims in school, according to the Feb 1996 issue of 'Journal of Adolescence'.

According to the August 1999 of the 'British Medical Journal'. The symptoms of bullying include anxiety, fear of going to school, low self esteem, insomnia, headaches, abdominal pain, being more introverted, less assertive, and depression. "Depression and severe suicidal ideation are strongly linked to being bullied or to acting as a bully. Even an infrequent involvement in bulling (being bullied or being a bully) increases the likelihood of severe suicidal ideation". Being bullied has been associated with delinquency, alcohol abuse, violence in adulthood, and criminal behavior.

We as a society can only hope that parents, teachers, and policy makers will pay attention to protect our children against the very real hazard of bullying, at least as much as they would against the perceived threats, such as popular music.


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