How Bullying Affects a Target’s Performance in School

Wooden Doll in Action

Wooden Dolls in Concept of Domination and Humiliation.

As we all should know, bullying can have a devastating effect on grades and class performance. Here’s how:

Anytime you are a victim of bullying, you are forcibly put on constant alert for an attack. It feels as if you have a target on your back and you must grow eyes in the back of your head. You become hyper-vigilant, which breeds anxiety and leads to exhaustion. Not only is the body tired, but also the mind. When so much focus must be placed on ways to protect yourself and maintain dignity, safety takes priority over studying lessons. How can one concentrate on schoolwork when they’re constantly bombarded with threats, taunts, name-calling and physical violence? How can a student study and learn effectively when the mind is tired from being stuck in what seems to be a never-ending fight-or-flight mode? It’s almost impossible!

I can tell you this because it happened to me.

F Failing Grade Score Report Card Poor Performance Failure

Letter F grade on a report card rating a terrible, bad, poor preformance in school, a class, job or other scored activity

In my book, “From Victim to Victor”, I talk about having been on the honor roll before I began attending school in *Oakley (The school I was bullied in). I also talk about the transfer to *Roseburg High School during my senior year and how my grades skyrocketed overnight! After leaving that toxic learning environment and moving to a new school, my grades went from ‘C’s and ‘D’s to all ‘A’s with maybe one ‘B’. I made honor roll again for the first time in five long years!

Here is an excerpt from my book, “From Victim to Victor”, which explains things a little deeper:

“…when anyone, even the most logical and rational of anyone is under a large amount of stress over a long period of time, the glucocordicoids that have flooded the brain and body for so long will cause the atrophy of areas responsible for memory, emotional regulation and ability to maintain positive relationships…”

Therefore, should it be any wonder that the majority of victims of bullying have such poor grades and class performance?

Second, after being told repeatedly and for so long that they don’t and never will amount to anything, victims begin to believe it themselves. A condition, known as “Learned Helplessness” develops and victims simply stop trying altogether.

In conclusion, bullying can affect ALL areas of a victim’s life. Not just social, but academics and achievements as well.

The more you know, the better you will be able to protect yourself.

(*Not the real name of the town.)

4 thoughts on “How Bullying Affects a Target’s Performance in School

  1. Excellent post! This can also apply to workplace bullying…I was getting bullied by 2 coworkers and have he bare minimum of my time. Since both perpetrators left, I was inspired to get involved more because I felt there were enough people at work who had my back and didn’t tolerate the bullying.

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    • You’re absolutely correct! This applies in any situation. In workplace bullying, morale is lowered and interest in work is diminished because you’re too focused on trying to protect yourself. And rightfully so.


  2. sometimes even the teachers themselves are bullies! at least not directly, but often times they might say something to you in front of the entire class and the kids will laugh at you. it’s especially worse when you have a low self-esteem already


    • Absolutely! Teachers can be bullied. I had a few teachers do the same to me and totally humiliate me in class. One on them knew I was being bullied and would join in and encourage the class to bully me more. But all it did was make me that much more determined to graduate and to strive for success!


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