October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Did you know that 1 out of 4 kids are bullied every day, a child is bullied every 7 minutes, 160,000-plus students miss school every day due to fear of attack by a bully, and 60 percent of students with disabilities report being bullied regularly?
Help us stop bullying in our schools and community.
Students need to report incidents immediately so we can do something about it. Bullying is not conflict; conflict is normal. Let’s not allow bullying to become that way.
Janelle B. Walkley
The writer is community school administrator for Hillsborough County schools.