What Trump taught us about the hidden reality of student bullying
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It's Anti-Bullying week, and it's a sad fact that pretty much everyone on the known universe has experienced some form of bullying at some point in their lives. Young Minds, a child and adolescent mental health charity, found that 70% of young people have been bullied at one time, and around one million children are bullied every week. In the run up to the US Presidential election, the wife of one of the most famous bullies currently in the spotlight, Donald Trump's wife Melania, spoke up about bullying, saying that "our culture has got too mean and too rough, especially for children and teenagers". However there seems to be a very large toupee-wearing elephant in the room at this point, in the form of the US election. Millions tuned in to watch the two candidates who fought for US Presidency hurl abuse and playground tactics at each other, in an environment that resembled a boxing ring, complete with supporters and hecklers alike. The belittling and criticism remained personal throughout the campaign, as proposed political policies were replaced with manipulation, intimidation and social threats to convince voters that they should rule the playground. Donald Trump, a man who represents intolerance, hatred and discrimination with his controversial policies and opinions, won over the population with these tactics. A bully has been put in charge of one of the most powerful nations on the planet, making some of the most important decisions that there are. The media is hugely powerful in influencing impressionable young people, and widespread interest in the election teaches children that bullying is a means to popularity, and a necessity in order to succeed in today's society.
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