For Alexis West, bullying was always something she tried to ignore, but early in her high school years she reached a breaking point. “I tried to ignore it through most of middle school and high school, but in sophomore year I ended up having a major depressive episode that required hospitalization,” West said. “The fact that very few people were even concerned made me feel very alone, which made me feel even worse than what I already felt. So I started putting on weight, which added being fat to the list of things to be mocked about.”
According to Amanda Nickerson, director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, bullying is the “intent to cause harm and active aggression that can be verbal, physical or relational.”
Bullying is a trend sweeping the state of Michigan. According to a 2016 study done by WalletHub, Michigan has the largest bullying problem in the United States. There are multiple kinds of bullying: including verbal, relational, physical and cyber.