In order for children to be successful in school, they need to feel safe in their learning environment. This includes a bully-free school environment.
Kids and teens who are victims of bullying can suffer from physical symptoms and injuries, depression, anxiety, fear and low self-esteem. Some kids have turned to suicide as an alternative.
Approximately 160,000 children miss school every day due to the fear of being bullied. Since 1992, there have been 250 violent deaths in our
schools and bullying has been a factor in many school shootings.
While most states have No Bullying laws, some don’t. Yet even in the states that do, few schools enforce the policies.
Some school administrators feel that “bullying is a right of passage” or that “kids need to toughen up.” Many just don’t take it seriously.
It is time for school administrators, teachers and faculty to take the issue of Bullying VERY seriously. It can no longer be swept under the rug.
Schools should have bullying incident reports and a teacher/faculty committee that works closely with safe school and community parent led committees. Parents should be encouraged to join.
Schools should also encourage peer mentoring groups who can adopt the STOMP Out Bullying™ campaign and allow students to create a safe NO BULLYING community within the school.
We can’t blame some children for failing when our schools are failing them.
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