October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month - we'd like that to be known. The fact that a month has been designated for such a thing is sad. It should tell you that bullying is indeed a national problem.
But bullying is not an isolated issue dealing mainly with children, although most bullying scenarios include them.
Bullying can occur in the workplace, for example.
And bullies are not only fellow children. They can be bosses, teachers and parents.
It's important, we believe, that children, families, schools, and communities get the education and help they need to prevent bullying from taking place.
Bullying statistics for 2010 revealed about 1-in-7 students in kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying.
As we all have come to realize, bullying no longer occurs on the playground.
There are various types of bullying from physical attacks, to destroying personal property or clothing, verbal abuse, starting rumors, name calling, verbal attacks online as well as other forms of cyberbullying, such as texts.
The most important thing to remember is to report any type of perceived bullying to a trusting adult. It's then important for the adult not to preach retaliation or to take it upon themselves to right the wrong. The trusting adult should report it to authorities, especially if the incident occurs during the school year between school-aged children.
Bullying is just plain wrong. We know area schools have held anti-bullying programs, and we thank them for that. It's our hope that these programs are presented in a way where all students and all teachers understand the message, and they know how to address the issues.
Let's all take a stand against bullying.