Bullying should be taken seriously
Bullying is more than harmless teasing. It can lead to a student’s poor performance in the classroom, low self-esteem that can carry over into adulthood and it can result in violent acts either by the bully or the bullied.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds and 15 percent of high school students seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months and 7 percent reported making at least one suicide attempt in the previous year.
With the Internet only making bullies more brave by hiding behind a screen, cyber bullying has presented even more problems for teenagers, parents and school administrations.
Many school systems have chosen to adopt new policies specifically defining bullying and the ...