What Are the Short Term and Long Term Effects of School Bullying?

Fighting for Civil Rights
3 min readJul 6, 2020


School bullying is extremely prevalent. In fact, one out of every five students has dealt with bullying. It is important to understand how school bullying can impact a student. Bullying victims may experience a variety of physical and/or mental health problems. Below, our lawyers describe the short and long term effects of bullying.

Potential Short Term Effects of School Bullying

Many people focus on the long term psychological effects of school bullying. However, the potential short term effects of school bullying are just as important. Here are some prevalent examples.

Poor Academic Performance

Bullying victims often have trouble keeping up with their schoolwork. Many students spend their days worrying about being bullied instead of focusing on their academic performance. Further, around seven percent of eighth grade students report staying home from school at least once per month in order to avoid bullying. As a result, these students miss important learning experiences.

Chronic Sleep Loss

Bullying victims often have trouble falling asleep. Many also have difficulty staying asleep. Further, when bullying victims do fall asleep, they may experience nightmares more often than others. Thus, a bullied student may resist falling asleep for as long as possible. This could result in chronic sleep loss.

Other potential short term effects of school bullying include:

  • Changes in eating habits
  • Social isolation
  • Rise in depression and/or anxiety
  • Physical ailments with no known medical cause
  • Avoiding school entirely

Potential Long Term Effects of School Bullying

Parents and teachers often fail to recognize the warning signs of school bullying. Students are often reluctant to report bullying, so nothing is done to stop the bullying behavior. As a result, a student can experience negative repercussions well into adulthood. The potential long term effects of school bullying include:

Anxiety and Depression

Bullying victims have a greater chance of developing anxiety and depression as an adult. Many of these victims end up suffering from suicidal thoughts. They also end up suffering from other psychological conditions, including panic disorders. Further, victims of bullying show an increased risk for displaying psychotic experiences once they reach adulthood.

Poor General Health

As adults, bullying victims often have worse general health than individuals who were not bullied. For example, bullying victims may have a harder time recovering from illnesses. Additionally, they also may experience more body pain and headaches. As a result, many scientists consider school bullying to be as destructive as maltreatment or abuse in the home.

What to Do if Your Child Was Bullied at School

Is your child the victim of school bullying? If so, consider taking the following important steps:

  • Consult with an experienced attorney
  • File an administrative complaint with your child’s school and/or school district

If the bullying behavior continues, you may be able to file a school bullying lawsuit.

In certain circumstances, the school may be held liable for ongoing bullying. Speak with an experienced attorney about your situation. He or she will know the state and federal laws that apply to your school bullying lawsuit.

Contact a Lawyer Experienced in School Bullying Claims

As a parent, you will want to intervene when your child experiences school bullying. In certain situations, pursuing justice through the legal system is your best option. Consult with a lawyer at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. for a free consultation by phone at (844) 394–3624. You can also send us a message through our online contact form.



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