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Old 10-26-2010, 01:26 PM
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There now days is alot more crime on college campuses. As I recall the gay guy that killed himself recently was in college.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:45 PM
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There now days is alot more crime on college campuses. As I recall the gay guy that killed himself recently was in college.
I don't think the OP is saying that there is no bullying in colleges, but compared to the incidences that happen during middle and high school years, it is a lot less. There always will be bullying occuring anywhere.

@OP It is because when you hit college, people are more mature. More colleges also have stricter policies against hate compared to middle/high school. Primarily, those who go to college are more often than not, trying to set a path to success for themselves, which means that they are more disciplined and wouldn't want to jepordize their future with stupid antics.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:21 PM
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there are many differences between college and high/middle school:

1) no one is forced to go to college, as opposed to high school. the folks in college are there for a reason and that purpose may curtail immature behaviors like bullying

2) there's far more flexibility in college than high school. it's easy to change class sections, drop a class, or even just withdraw and attend another school altogether. not so with high schools. you may have kids who have little choice but to stay in a particular class or school and be subjected to bullying.

3) obviously, maturity level is a big thing. sure there are some truly immature college students and some very mature high school students, but for the most part, kids are immature. I wouldn't be surprised if there were cases of bullying among freshmen students living in dorms. I've witnessed some younger students trying to engage in nasty gossiping about other people and it would get shut down in a hurry by other, often older students

4) the rules in college are just more rigorous than in most high schools, IMHO. I've had professors hold nothing back when dealing w/ rude students (and again, there's the class factor, where other members of the class may join in chastising the rude student). god forbid a middle or high school teacher hurts the feeling of a rude student, the student's parents would be all over them!

now that I think about it, I think parents can be as much of an issue as the bully themselves. I wonder if overly sensitive helicopter parents are getting in the way of real enforcement of rules against bullying. no one wants their precious Junior/Juniorette to be labeled as a "bully". with college, there's no kowtowing to parents (well, maybe a little in terms of getting the parents to send their kids to the college). granted, this is from my own personal experience, but professors in college will put up with far less BS than HS students. thankfully, as mentioned in #1, there aren't many students there to BS around
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