13 million students will be bullied in the US this year. Given those numbers, it’s hard to imagine that some people don’t see bullying as a real problem, but it is happening all around. Many parents don’t think bullying exists in their child’s school. Some teachers as well often believe bullying isn’t a behavior worthy of their intervention. For example, in one study, 25% of teachers saw nothing wrong with bullying and consequently intervened in only 4% of bullying incidents.
But bullying is a real problem, with real consequences. Even to those not being bullied, they see it and they feel the consequences.
Here is a poem written by Emily, a 15-year-old High School Student:
It’s time we all realize bullying is a real problem in every school and we must do more to stop it. But we must do more than just react to bullying after the fact. We must speak up and prevent bullying from happening in the first place. As Emily says, “we need to stand up and get this message spread.” What will you do to spread the message of bullying prevention? If you need some ideas, check out MBF Bullying Resources.