Some people think that bullying is “just a fact of life” or “a right of passage” and they don’t take it seriously … until someone they know is hurt by bullying.
- 1 out of 4 kids is bullied
- Every 7 seconds a child is bullied.
- Depending on the age group, up to 43% of students say they have been electronically harassed.
- 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school
- 8% of students miss at least 1 day of class per month for fear of Bullies
- Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
- A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.
Bullying is when someone hurts or scares another person repeatedly. The behavior is never appropriate and is intentional. This repeated and hurtful act includes: name calling, inflicting physical pain, exclusion, public humiliation, hurtful pranks and defacing one’s property. Bullying involves an imbalance of power. The innocent one being bullied feels alone, depressed and scared and feels they have nowhere to turn.
Bullying also can happen on-line or electronically. Cyberbullying is when kids or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. (From www.stompoutbullying.org )
Local organizations: Gulf Coast Kids House
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