Bullying in schools is not a new problem but it's definitely a continuing problem in schools across the nation. October marks National Bullying Prevention Month as a way to raise awareness towards this issue.
The message in October is "the end of bullying begins with me," and it's a message for kids to take a pro-active approach against bullying.
A new survey finds 95% of adults say school should intervene when students feel threatened or afraid for their safety.
At Washington Elementary in Quincy, officials say they attempt to stop bullying before it ever begins.
Programs begin at the beginning of the school year to educate not only the students but staff and parents on how to deal with a bully and with a student who is being bullied.
But the principal at Washington Elementary says parents can do things at home as well. "If they are being bullied who should they come and talk to at school. Many times we do find out from the parents that their child has been bullied because doesn't come right away to their teacher or the counselor or to myself," said Sara Cramer, Principal at Washington Elementary.
Cramer also says that bullying isn't a big problem at Washington Elementary but that doesn't mean they take the issue lightly. She says the most important thing staff can do is not turn a blind eye and to address the issue head on.
Quincy Junior High is having a presentation from The True Lies Tour the school Wednesday, October 3. The True Lies Tour features dynamic assembly speaker and crime television personality Phil Chalmers who will be talking about bullying, crime prevention, teen violence and substance abuse. Also appearing is rap sensation LG Wise, whose bullying song "Tonight" is popular on YouTube.
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