By Lauren Beaver
Bullying has been an ongoing problem in schools across the country for many years, but recent studies have shown an increase which has led to children being harmed and/or committing suicide.
“We live in such a sad world that is filled with such hate and selfishness and it is up to society to take a stand to promote anti-bullying,” said Stacie Yavorcik, a Harrisburg, NC resident.
“My child gets bullied on a daily basis and it’s hard on a mother since the problem can’t be stopped unless I or another person is there to witness it firsthand.”
Although many organizations and schools emphasize anti-bullying through awareness and campaigns, it is still often not enough to put a complete stop to it. Experts say it is important for those who are witnesses of this behavior to intervene and stand up for the victim who is many times afraid and helpless.
“It is sad to know that my son is a major target for bullies because of his developmental disorder that affect’s his ability to socialize
and communicate effectively with others,” said Stephanie Reilly, a Kannapolis, NC resident.
“I want to raise awareness for those with Asperger’s Syndrome, including my very own son, to show people they are the same as everyone else.”
If you are a student in need of help from a counselor, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or visit the the You Matter website at www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.