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what impact has bullying had on society?

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Bullying can have tremendously delitrious effects on the workplace or any other enviroment for that matter to include school and home.  As mentioned by WilliamS it cost him his job and the 13 year girl her life.  On a broader scale it can stifle creativity, prevent unethical and even criminal behavior from being reported, cause accidents, destroy morale, and prevent those best qualified from reaching their potential.  It is seen in various froms such as sexual harassment in William's case, verbally abusive supervisors, children fear going to school, low production, publicly rude behavior and  treating people as objects and not as human beings with hopes, dreams, and feelings and it destroys the soul of the bully.  Some of the biggest bullies in history were Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Stalin. The impact bullying has on society is still under appreciated, but its effects are devastating to the individual and society.
Dear Ksejdf,
 
I don't know what effect it has had on society as a whole, but bullying cost me a job.  It was not so much that I was "bullied" as sexually harassed by another man.  Being a strict heterosexual, I did not appreciate this.  I reported his bad behavior to management, and they did nothing about it.  It made my life miserable, and management would not come to my rescue.  This taught me that cream isn't the only thing that rises to the top.  Anyhow, if you are writing a paper on the subject, I hope you include what happened to that poor 13 year old girl in Florida who took her own life rather than having to face any more bullying.  There is also a case of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room that is very much in the news these days.  I'm sure you won't have trouble finding cases to cite.  Incidentally, in my brief career as a substitute teacher, I had opportunity to observe that, when it comes to bullying, girls are much worse than boys.  For what it's worth.