Schools are one of the essentials that make up a community because they should be safe havens for our children. In the classroom, students discover the fundamentals of the world, grow as individuals and develop friendships. A parent's greatest hope is for their child to be accepted by others and thrive in each of those areas. However, bullying can tarnish this dream and devastate a child's school age experiences.
Statistics from the Journal of American Medical Association show nearly 30 percent of all youth aged 11 to 15 has been a victim or perpetrator of bullying. According to the U.S. Department of Education, one in four children who bully have a criminal record by the age of 30. These are sobering statistics for parents and educators.