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Old 12-22-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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A lot of movies portray high school as a place filled with bullying, but is middle school worse?

That's been my experience. I was bullied pretty extensively until my freshman year of high school, and it was definitely worse in the middle years than in high school. From 7th grade until graduation, I attended school in the same district; there was one middle school and one high school. Eighth grade was the worse.

Looking back on it, a possible cause for this was a transition to a more horizontal group structure in high school. The "popular kids" held far less power in high school than middle school. Another cause was surely the growth in maturity. Ostracizing a certain student just was not accepted anymore, as it was in elementary and middle school.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Space Coast
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In my experience middle school was worse. By high school, most of the kids were too busy thinking about SAT scores, college apps, driving, etc. Plus a lot of the truly bad apples started to weed themselves out by truancy, suspension, and eventually dropping out.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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In my experience middle school was worse. By high school, most of the kids were too busy thinking about SAT scores, college apps, driving, etc. Plus a lot of the truly bad apples started to weed themselves out by truancy, suspension, and eventually dropping out.
But are they the ones who really bully? Or are they the victims?

In my personal experience, most of the bullies were just normal kids who eventually graduated high school, went to college, etc.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It was more prevalent in middle school than high school in my experience, and as a teacher, I still have seen it more on the middle school level than high school.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:39 PM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Bullying seems worse in middle school. By high school it settles down. After high school, took some martial arts classes and joined the NRA...
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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middle school. By high school things had settled down
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: southern california
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the smaller you are, the more chance they have of getting away with it.
the larger you are the greater the chance that lethal force with be used to make their point.
i have some real issues with the k12 system and what it has become. it was bad when i was a kid, now its worse.
i would love to see voucher aka sub contracting to get rid of the violence problem. but many see this as discriminatory in nature. in this warped mirror they end up fighting to support violence in the public school system as part of education equality.very sick.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:43 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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Middle school. At my school, it seemed more prevalent in 6-7th grade and calmed slightly in 8th.
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:46 AM
 
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Middle school.
That was based on my personal experience with bullying.
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Most of the bullies in my middle school in Eugene, OR were athletic, smart, wealthy, tan, and attractive. They all went on to Ivy league schools. And, I think middle school is MUCH worse than high school for bullying.
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