The boarding school environment is unique. It is different from the environment of a typical high school or middle school. A boarding school is completely separated from a child’s home environment. Kids who attend boarding school live in dorms on campus. They eat all of their meals in a dining hall on campus. After their classes let out for the day, they return home to their dorms. In most cases, they share their room with one or two roommates. Many boarding school students participate in after school activities such as sports, music, or art lessons.
Boarding School Family
For kids who attend boarding school, their classmates and teachers become their family. In many ways, this is a positive benefit of boarding school and children thrive thanks to the opportunity to live independently and make their own decisions. However, the boarding school environment can be uniquely and incredibly challenging to children who are struggling to fit in with their classmates. This is especially true for kids who are being victimized by boarding school bullies.
Boarding school often puts a lot of pressure on students. They are under pressure to do well in their classes and maintain high grades. They are under pressure to find and excel in various activities such as music or equestrian sports. They have the pressure of choosing their classes and finding the best and most useful ways to spend their downtime. Kids who live at boarding school manage their lives, homework and laundry without the help and support of their parents. While this teaches many kids how to be independent, some kids struggle under the weight of all of this pressure.
Acceptance of Bullying
The boarding school environment is often accepted as tough. Many children are under the impression that they were sent to boarding school in order to toughen up. They feel that dealing with bullies is just a part of their life at school and are not comfortable talking to their parents or teachers about what is going on. Many are afraid that they will be viewed as weak or unfit for the boarding school environment. Others simply go along with the bullying in order to avoid disappointing their families. For these kids, attending boarding school is often a family tradition. Their grandparents went to boarding school. Their parents went to boarding school. And now, they are going to boarding school. Sadly, these children are often accepting of abuse and consider it part of their lives.
Consequences of Bullying
Bullying has many immediate and long-lasting consequences. Victims of bullies often deal with a roller coaster of emotions as a result of the stress of being bullied. They struggle to keep their grades up, because they are distracted by thoughts of when they will see their bully again. Victims also have problems sleeping and often experience a decrease in appetite. These consequences, combined with the isolation of the boarding school environment, often create a profound sense of depression in those boarding school students who deal with bullying.