Have you been bullied in school? If you have, you're not alone.
A recent study found that almost a third of students aged 12-18 reported being bullied in school and Education Secretary Anne Duncan warns that bullying makes it harder for kids to learn.
CNN's Anderson Cooper is hosting a town hall meeting on bullying and wants to talk to the people who deal with this problem every day – boys and girls between 9 and 17 years old.
Click here to go to CNN's iReport.com and submit your video about bullying.
I live in Greensburg In. where a boy just killed himself over bullying. Its on local news that the state wants better bullying laws. Well here is what I say on that and many people agree with me. You can make the law as tough as you want but as long as the schools are aloud to pick and choose who those laws are enforced on then you might as well throw those laws in the trash. My daughter was bullied and the school was told about it and did nothing but sit her next to the person bullying her in class. When my Daughter had enough and stood up for herself, she was the one kicked out of school and arrested. Greensburg has the type of school system that if you are not in sports or a cheerleader or have a certain last name with money or make straight A's then you mean nothing to the school.... We can not enforce bully laws on students when the school employees do just as much of the bullying. Im 38 years old and graduated from Greensburg schools and my life was hell during the time I was there If teachers wasnt picking on me then the kids did while the teachers looked the other way.. It is very sad to see that nothing has changed at that school. I pulled my daughter out because I feel that Greensburg school ruined her future. That school and many more need to be investigated for there own behavor with the students. Most of the school employees are there for the money not the children.. I always thought that the children are what it is all about. Parents and citizens need to take a stand for all the other billy lucas's out there before it is to late for someone else..
I am a cousin of Billy Lucas, the boy who recently hung himself due to bullying in Greensburg, Indiana. I am now in my 20's and must admit that I personally have never experienced bullying. I have, however, been a witness to bullying. I regret that as a teenager I did not speak out and stand up for those who were being picked on. It is a lesson which many do not learn soon enough in life. I pray that raising awareness about this topic and Billy's tragedy will inspire teens across the country to rise up and learn how to react in these difficult situations. I pray that no other family has to endure the pain and sorrow ours has in the past week. Thank you for recognizing that teen bullying and suicide is a major problem in today's society, one which great attention must be paid. – Cori , Cleveland, OH
I have a nephew that was bullied at his junior high school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He was bullied so much that his parents removed him from the school, to home school him instead. The principle at that junior high, did nothing to the students involved and my nephew was basically forced out of the school.
After a year of home shool he returned to attend his freshmen year of high school and the morning of his first day, he was corned and attacked by the same students from junior high! Although the assault was on video and the student was sent home for a few days, the principle of the high school only said that it was best that my nephew deal with this on his own so there would be no more problems for him. I can't believe that, especially from a school so close to the tragic shootings at Columbine and from the former Assistant Principle from Columbine!
In California (where I live), there is a ZERO tolerance policy. If a child is struck or harmed in any way, the offending student is removed from that school..PERIOD! If other students are involved, those students and their parents are brought in to school, with the police present and they are issued a strong warning...if anything at all happens to that child again...those students will be held responsible.
Enough is enough. School is for learning. It's not a prison yard, where bullies, gangs and thugs rule the grounds, while teachers patrol and principals sit in their offices.
As President Obama has said, ineffective teachers & ADMINISTRATORS should not keep their jobs if they can't live up to the role we have asked them to serve.
I watched helplessly as my son was bullied in school from a young age. Anytime I (his mom) stepped in to stop the bullying it made it worse on him. Now that my son is grown, he's learned that the only real thing that stops bullies is keep reporting them and steer clear of them. It's pathetic when kids bully other kids. Its even worse to know that the kids are watching and learning how to do it from older role models (be it friends or family).
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