Bullying: A Crisis in Our Schools
Bullying is any unwanted, repetitive, aggressive behavior due to a perceived
power imbalance and can include verbal, physical, and/or social aspects.
Unfortunately, bullying is a common problem at our schools. Whether your
child is being bullied or is the bully, there are things you can do to help.
Report it. Bullying should not be tolerated on any level. Let your child’s teacher
and/or counselor know if you suspect bullying. If you do not receive an
appropriate response, consider contacting the principal, superintendent,
Department of Education, etc. Don’t stop – the bully may act
like this towards other children, so they are likely to benefit from your
report as well.
Intervene. If you see bullying taking place, step in! Take notes and report the situation.
Make sure the children involved are safe.
Be involved. Make an effort to be involved in your child’s life. Ask questions.
Monitor behaviors, especially on social media.
Empower your child. Help them understand they don’t have to put up with it. Encourage
them to stand up for others who may be being bullied.
Engage your child in activities outside of school. Youth groups, athletics, and church activities are good places to start.
Having a group of kids with similar interests can foster self-esteem and
There are many resources available, from websites to educational seminars.
Below is a list of places you can refer to for more information and support: