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Bennett's Mill MS
210 Lester Rd
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Bullying is a Big Deal
Bullying is a big deal. It is a problem that affects lots of kids. Three-quarters of all kids say they have been bullied or teased. Being bullied can make kids feel really bad. The stress of dealing with bullies can make kids feel sick. It can make kids not want to play outside or go to school. It's hard to keep your mind on schoolwork when you're worried about how you're going to deal with the bully near your locker.
Bullying bothers everyone — and not just the kids who are getting picked on. Bullying can make school a place of fear and can lead to more violence and more stress for everyone. Teasing at bus stops, taking another child's lunch money, insults and threats, kicking or shoving – it’s all fair game to a bully. Fears and anxieties about bullies can cause some children to avoid school, carry a weapon for protection, or even commit more violent activity.
Although anyone can be a target of bullying behavior, the victim is often singled out because their psychological traits or physical traits. A typical victim is likely to be shy, sensitive and perhaps anxious or insecure. Some children are picked on for physical reasons such as being overweight or physically small, having a disability, or belonging to a different race or religious faith.
If a bully is bugging you, walk away, tell a grown-up, hang with friends, or try to talk it out. Don't be a bully yourself. Treat others with kindness. Stick up for kids who are being bullied.
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