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Is your kid a bully?

Is your kid a bully?

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 3:02 pm
By: Bo Bradshaw, Tennessee News Service

Nashville – Tennessee parents who have seen the YouTube video of seventh-grade boys harassing an elderly school bus monitor may wonder if their children could do such a thing. Christy Buck, director of the Mental Health Foundation says parents who don’t want their kids to turn into bullies need to help them understand that bullying can be deadly.
“Even the strongest willed, athletic, super person at a school could possibly have the predisposition for depression. Ultimately, from something that somebody says or how they’re treated, that person can go take their life.”
Buck runs a program in schools that raises awareness about depression and bullying in order to prevent incidents like the one in New York. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 26 percent of American high school students struggle with depression, and nearly 14 percent of students have seriously considered suicide.
Buck says studies show that 80 percent of students would never bully another student. However, she adds, “There are a boatload of kids that, they just don’t want to be mean. They stand by and watch it, but they don’t know what to do.”
The “Be Nice” program teaches students about mental health. Buck says when she presents it in the schools, she is blunt about telling students that reporting or getting up the courage to confront a bully could actually prevent a suicide. If their kids are old enough to handle the profanity in the YouTube video, Buck advises Tennessee parents to use it as a teaching tool to discuss how harmful bullying can be to everyone. The victim has received more than $550,000 from sympathetic donors. The bullies have become victims themselves. The victim has asked they not be prosecuted.

WCP 6.26.12

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