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Bullying in Schools

posted Apr 15, 2013, 12:55 PM by Waterville School   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 12:58 PM ]
Bullying is a serious and potentially deadly problem.  On any given school day, approximately 160,000 kids skip school to avoid being pick on by their peers.  A much larger number endure torment in silence.  Children who are bullied are often too scared or anxious to focus on their school work, and their grades and their test scores decline.  Other experience stress-related illnesses including headaches, stomach troubles, panic attacks, and depression.  In some cases, depression can be so severe that targets become suicidal, homicidal or both. 
The Waterville School District has policies in place to address bullying and has had presentations for students K-12.  The counselor's office has a copy of "Please Stop Laughing at Me..."  a book that describes one woman's story relating to her own experience in school with being bullied.  Please see the counselor to check it out if you are interested in becoming more informed and aware of the damage bullying can do.