October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is no longer an accepted childhood rite of passage. Yet one out of every five children is still reporting being bullied. While bullying intensifies in middle school and at between ages 11-15, elementary school children as young as five are reporting incidents in classrooms, school gyms, lunchrooms, and on the school bus. We need to create awareness among parents, teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and students that bullying is not acceptable. It can lead to depression, dropping out of school and suicide.