Bullying is a serious problem

By Deyanna Bell, Patterson Press staff writer

Bullying can affect anybody, whether it is in school or out in the neighborhood. School bullying is a big problem that  still goes on. It is caused by spreading rumors or physically or emotionally hurting other people. Statistics published on the website bullyingstatistics.org show that 2 in every 3 bullied victims have been bullied more than once or twice during the school year and 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Some students do not realize what bullying means or what it can cause the victim to do. Victims of bullying  often start to have poor grades, sucidical thoughts and/or low self esteem and help problems. In 2010 about 71% of students were reportedly being bullied in school.

There are a number of ways to help stop bullying in  school. If you are being bullied, standing up for yourself is a great way to  improve your self -esteem. It can also help to have a friend around that can support you in this difficult time.  According to Olweus, a bullying prevention program, students who bully others should be held accountable for their actions.  If you know someone who is being bullied tell them they should get some help from a teacher, counselor or the help hotline.

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