Bullying Allegedly Takes Another Victim

Anti-Bullying Legislation

School districts nationwide have taken steps to enforce anti-bullying rules, and in Florida, a particularly tragic incident spurred legislation that would mandate school's instate bullying rules and protocol.

A bill working its way through the state legislature was created in the name of Jeffrey Johnston, a Florida ninth grader who committed suicide after years of being bullied online.

Florida State Rep. Nick Thompson is currently backing the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that he hopes will pass later this week.

"It requires that the [Florida] Department of Education will draft a model anti-bullying policy," Thompson told ABCNEWS.com. "Then all 67 county school districts must adopt their own policy that conforms."

The law will also require schools to adhere to reporting protocols when bullying is suspected. It would deprive schools of state funding for other safety measures — such as security and counseling — if they fail to do so, said Thompson.

The Anatomy of a Bully

While the victims of these most tragic examples of schoolyard bullying may seem fairly average at first glance, child and adolescent psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld told ABCNEWS.com that there's a pattern to which gets picked on the most.

"The kids who are more passive or tend to feel more inadequate are bullied more," said Rosenfeld, who is based in Connecticut. "Also, kids who feel more nerdy."

And what about the bully?

Rosenfeld says it's true: Bullies are often the most disturbed of all.

"It's a great feeling to be powerful when you're little," said Rosenfeld. "And the littler you feel, the more fun it is to make yourself feel better.

"The kids who bully tend to be the more emotionally disturbed. Why else would you want to make someone feel inferior or lousy?"

Rosenfeld, who says he's never treated a child who was effected so much by bullying that it led to suicidal thought, said depression and anxiety are pretty common for those who are picked on a lot.

"There are tons of kids that get bullied for one reason or another, but still very few hang themselves or shoot up a school," said Rosenfeld.

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