Bullying has been in the news a lot lately, and as a mother of a young child, it's frightening to think about what could happen to my child because of the increase in bullying at our public schools.
I understand that schools cannot follow up every report of bullying, and that some kids will grow out of it, but research shows that 40 percent of the boys identified as bullies in grades six through nine had three or more arrests by the age of 30. We have to find a better way to help bullies in their youth.
Reports of bullying in public schools have skyrocketed in just the last year, but our response has not. Nationwide statistics from 2013 tell us six out of ten teenagers witness bullying in school once a day, but only 3 out of ten teenagers receive help in finding solutions on how to stop bullying. Why is it that our public schools are not taking greater action?