Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


In the United States there are many schools, no matter the grade level, who still to this day struggle with dealing with bullies in their schools. This is something that is very concerning especially at the elementary level due to the fact that they are experiencing very strong emotions at a young age. With this in mind, school members such as teachers and administrators need to come up with a solution to resolve or lower the chances students get bullied at their schools. Research has shown that bullying greatly affects students in many different ways that many wouldn't really think. At such young ages it is crucial that students get support and encouragement in order for them to successfully succeed in their education. With bullies antagonizing other students it not only affects the victim but as well as the one doing it. Victims of bullies would be the ones affected the most since they are the ones who are being harassed. Experiencing depression and being excluded from others is something that will negatively affect their state of mind and their chances of being successful in their education due to the lack of self motivation and drive to push past these barriers, especially when they start off young. In order to alleviate this situation, schools can aim to have programs such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or STAC, rather than just sticking to a “zero-tolerance policy.” Research done in this study was conducted via online surveys, in which three different groups were participating: teachers, current students, and past students.