• Hannah Jo Claire

Schools across the country participating in bullying awareness month

Over the years, schools have experienced many bullying and hate acts. Each year, every school participates in bullying prevention during the month of October.

The greatest challenge is to stop bullying and hate and move toward safe surroundings and an environment of non-hatred.

According to one definition, bullying is an "aggressive behavior" in which a kid "over uses their power." Bullying includes actions such as making threats, attacking an individual verbally or physically, and also excluding a person from a group or activity on purpose.

Dealing with bullying is a very delicate and complex action to approach. Bullying can happen anywhere online or in person. Kids these days hide behind computer screens bullying each other.

Words can make a great impact on a person. They can scar and have a lasting impact on that person. The words and actions from a bully can make the victim have low self-esteem, high rates of depression, and suicidal thoughts or even actions.

There are also ways of non-verbal bullying like using body languages, gestures, social isolation, and stares.

"When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time," according to stopbullyinggov.com.