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October 4th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

New CNN poll: 1/3 of teens have been personally bullied, 2/3 report that friends have been bullied

Martina Stewart
AC360° Digital Producer

New York (CNN) – A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday indicates that slightly more than a third of teens personally have been subjected to bullying behavior. In the poll, more than two-thirds of teens also said their friends about been bullied. Yet a majority of adults believe bullying is a minor problem or not a problem at all, according to the poll.

Slightly more than a third – 37 percent – of teens have been ridiculed, humiliated, or verbally or physically threatened by another child, either in person or online, according to the poll.

A total of 68 percent of teens polled said their friends had been subjected to such treatment with 13 percent of teens saying most of their friends have been ridiculed, humiliated, or verbally or physically threatened by another child, either in person or online, another 13 percent saying some of their friends had been subjected to such treatment and 42 percent saying only a few of their friends about being on the receiving end of bullying behavior.

Twenty-nine percent of teens said none of their friends had been subjected to bullying behavior.

Related: In a wired world, children unable to escape cyberbullying

And when asked how most of the children they know react when a fight breaks out at school or at a social event, 19 percent of teens said their acquaintances try to stop the fight and 23 percent said other kids try to find an adult. Another 34 percent of teens responded that their acquaintances take no steps to stop the fight and 19 percent said the children they know encourage a fight to continue.

While the new poll indicates that bullying is a problem in the lives of teens, it also suggests that adults have conflicting views about bullying.

When asked about the children who live in their neighborhoods, a total of 66 percent of the adults surveyed said those children have been ridiculed, humiliated, or verbally or physically threatened by another child, either in person or online. Twenty-one percent of adults said most children in their neighborhoods had been subjected to such behavior, 22 percent said some children had been and 23 percent of adults said only a few children had been. Nineteen percent of adults polled said none of the children in their neighborhoods had been subjected to bullying behavior.

A bare majority— 51 percent – of adults surveyed said bullying was a minor problem in schools in their neighborhoods and another 14 percent said bullying was not a problem at all. Thirty percent of adults polled said bullying was a major problem in schools in their neighborhoods.

But when asked whether bullying is a serious problem that adults should try to stop whenever possible or, alternatively, whether learning how to deal with bullies is a part of growing up and that adults should let children handle bullies on their own, 77 percent of adults surveyed said bullying is a serious problem that adults should try to stop whenever possible. And nineteen percent of adults said learning how to deal with bullies was part of growing up and that adults should let children handle bullies on their own.

The surveying of adults was conducted September 21-23, 2010 through telephone interviews of 1,010 adult Americans. The polling of teens was conducted September 23-26, 2010 through telephone interviews of 500 teens between 12 and 17 years old. The poll was conducted in conjunction with Rosalind Wiseman, author of the book that inspired the movie “Mean Girls.” For adults, the survey has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points and for teens the sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Programming note: Don't miss AC360°’s week-long special report “Bullying: No Escape” beginning Monday at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

Updated: 9:31 p.m.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. susan holt

    My daughter attended a private school in Ft. Myers, Florida and suffered a terrible 8th grade year with bullies. The school responded by giving the top bully the "Citizenship Award". We were the second family that year to take their child out of the school.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  2. Jodi M.

    Your show on Oct. 4 was great, and really raises awareness around bullying. I am so happy to see bullying finally become a national campaign so we can stop it once and for all. It's gotten very serious, and our kids are taking their lives over it. It has to stop now! Only through programming on national TV, education through the schools, and educating parents so they can help their kids can we stop this violence. I hope everyone gets on board with this campaign.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  3. Jim Baker

    Sadly, it appears that we even need laws against teacher bullying their students:

    What would you say if besides student bullying that a high school teacher bullied a female student both on and off school grounds? What if the bullying target was a teenage rape victim where the teacher was a witness to the trial? What if the teacher begged and pressured the victim and student witnesses not to appear in court or report the crime committed by another one of her students? What if the public school teacher would identify the rape victim to other students right in class? What if teacher would discuss in class right in front of the rape victim the local headlines about the rape? What would you say if the school would not fire the teacher no matter how much evidence of harassment and unethical behavior such as evidence from private detectives was presented? What if the rape victim was the only student dropped from any school sports team because of the drinking scandal in Spain. Look no further then the so called Norton-Spain Case where a Massachusetts High School’s “cultural” trip to Spain ended with student drinking, night clubs and a 17 year old girl being unconsciously raped. What if the same teacher from the same school was involved in another student drinking scandal in Mexico? The American educational system has become a joke of adults protecting adults. The kids don’t matter anymore. How did that rape victim survive from the bullying teacher and groups of students bullying her? She simply believed in herself. Never give in to bullying. You can survive!

    October 5, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  4. Tyler

    WOW. I definitely understand the need to develop a sysytem for bulling. I recently found out that my son was bullied at school for 2 years, with the knowledge of a teacher and the assistant principal. Nothing was done. The situation wasnt even documented. My son went to a playground where he was also bullied he then took matters into his own hands. I never understood why this happened until one year later. After finding out later I immediately went to the authorities and the school board office. The school board office asked me generally what did I want from their office? Wow! You really have to ask? Of course its not a criminal issue. I'm glad i didnt have a gun at the home when my son took matters into his own hands. I still cry about this matter and the fact that it only seems to matter to me. I am a christian and I give the glory to God that the judge threw the case out and the parent of the child who was hurt was understanding. I guess at this point all we can do is pray and give our children to God once they leave our home because its obvious its not the responsibility of the teacher or the school.

    October 5, 2010 at 6:14 am |
  5. Allie

    Anyone, including Anderson and all of his guests who thinks that Teachers, Bus Drivers, Assistants and Office Personnel are somehow immune and blameless in bearing witness and then ignoring bullying is living in illusion. All of these people are Frequently Witness to Bullying and Choose to do Nothing. Been There.
    These people are in a position of authority and just Refuse to Do Their Jobs! WHY are these people who are in positions of authority being given a pass when it comes to doing their jobs and keeping order, that's Bull.

    October 5, 2010 at 5:53 am |
  6. Suzana Muller

    Yes it is a big issue that on this day and age small primitive minds make the majority of people uncomfortable or horrified with their senseless comments or actions. Freedom of speech brings responsibility in speech. Slander and harassment is not speech.

    However the much bigger issue is that unauthorized video broadcasts, denigrating written material with the intent to harass another person and incite public opinion should be punished to the maximum extent of the law along with the removal of the aggressor's internet privileges for an amount of time commensurable with the crime.

    Finally, the American college jock against the nerd stereotype MUST be framed as hate speech. One should not feel harassed because he is not popular, good looking or outgoing.

    This country needs all young talent we can muster to compete in the world market. It is pitiful that a frizzbee throwing breakdancer should be more accepted talents than an talented violinist...

    October 5, 2010 at 2:15 am |
  7. Jayne D.

    First of all, addressing this issue as "bullying" diminishes this problem, in my opinion. It's HARASSMENT, ASSAULT and/or BATTERY in it's highest form and it needs to be called that..just because it's usually done by underage kids shouldn't make it any less serious and maybe if school officials and adults would take this approach, more could be done to curtail this very serious and growing problem.

    As a former victim of this type of harassment, I know for a fact that teachers and other school officials essentially turn a blind eye/deaf ear to obvious violations unless it becomes physical. I also know that being targeted by peers is the most humiliating, debilitating situation anyone can experience and I have carried it with me my entire life. I also know that seeking help from school officials only makes the problem worse unless the offender(s) are expelled which rarely happens because a victim often can't prove that they are being harassed. Victims are often told to just "ignore it" or "turn the other cheek" but this never stops it either.

    We've all heard the horrifying stories of victims of this kind of abuse taking their own lives and I wonder why it is the parents of these children continue to subject their kids to this by making them go school everyday?? There are so many alternatives now such as home school, private schools and online classes that parents who continue to force their kids back into a situation that is destroying their children is like sending a shark-bite victim back into the ocean until the sharks get the job done.

    October 5, 2010 at 2:06 am |
  8. Shan

    As children, or teens even, we tend to tease each other...most of the time, this isn't intended to cause anyone distress. If it does, most anyone would have good sense to apologize...even so, is that bullying? No, of course not! Bullying is not good hearted teasing, or joking, but repeatitive verbal or physical torment inflicted on a person by one or many participants. Our children need to be taught to identify the issue, help those who need help, and seek help for themselves!

    October 5, 2010 at 2:05 am |
  9. Kate

    I also wanted to know how many of you have been asked by their tormentors to have you "friend" them on Facebook. I've had at least a handful of the these people do this, and I just shake my head and block them.

    Anyone else do the same thing?

    October 5, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    First, teachers have to be more aware and Parents active in PTA also. Often parents who collect thier offspring from school can see bullying happening outside school or school hours.. pass the info to techers to spot any undue in school hours "misbehaviour"
    My old school Head teacher, made it clear at morning assembly at the beginning of each term that there would be no leniency for physical or mental bullying and such students would be expelled forthwith. In really bad cases the police would be informed. The PTA supported the policy. Also any kid coming to school with cuts bruises black eyes knew a) home room teach would want chapter and verse, and if not satisfied with the story the school head would be involved and also stories checked out with
    Parents. Caught lying and you got detention until a more truthful answer came.
    Our schools bullying dropped 50% after 6 months of agreement between school board and PTA and parents generally. It never went away completely.
    Cyber bullying well a) schools should ban Mobile use during class hours
    b) Pc's should be available in schools and on a rotational use basis during school hours.. no personal PC's in the school.
    c) Mom and Dad have to watch thier kids PC's and make sure no bad E-mails or tweets are on the PC etc
    I did not allow my Kids a PC/mobile until basic rules were agreed re us having access and the agreed ability to block porno sites etc.
    Tough debate, but it works and we are all happy.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:17 am |
  11. Kate

    If there is any consilation I can offer kids who are bullied, it is this: living well is the best revenge.

    I was bullied by a girl from Kingergarten on, and she made my life a living hell in high school. Several years later, I find out she became a meth addict, looks like hell, and has had her children taken away at least once. Karma.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  12. Troy Bownan

    This Age of cell phones, computers and the social sites have made it incredibly easy for Bullying to Only have and keep getting worse. We all Know Kids are Horrible at certain ages and God Forbid that you are "Different" in anyway makes you to be the Easiest Target.
    I Really Don't Know what the answer is, but im glad to see educators along with parents forming groups to find away....

    October 5, 2010 at 1:12 am |
  13. Serena H

    I am in college and I am still being bullied by some class mates. Everyone is bullied at some point but when it becomes serious measures should be taken in order for them to stop. I was being sexually harassed and I informed the administration at my school about what this guy was doing. He has stopped directly bullying me. I think he was scared by some authorities.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:05 am |
  14. Matthew

    I was bullied through a good portion of my young life. It ranged from being overweight, to my name, to maturing early, to just overall being different. It did not help that I was razed in a highly religious family. It lead to a long line of failed relationships and employment problems. I am 29 and that bullying had such a damaging effect on my life and well being that it still haunts me to this day.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:04 am |
  15. Jeremy D.

    For me, the bulling stopped when I started acting and dressing like everybody else around me. I spent all of my hard earned money on ridiculous clothes my parents would never buy because they couldn't afford them. While I took every measure to keep from being singled out, I regret it to this day. I wasn't being me, but anything was better than the name calling and the fights. I felt I either had to give up my peace or my individual choices.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:00 am |
  16. Carmen Rivera -- playwright / educator

    I am an artist and educator who does workshops in the schools about bullying. One of the things that astounds me whenever there are stories about bullying, the "bullies" are never interviewed. I definitely think it's important to emphasize how painful bullying is! But why isn't there any attention given to the fact that bullies are wrong? Where are their parents? Parents of bullies have to be responsible for the actions of their children. Where are the schools? It is the responsibility of the schools to protect their students. I've been in schools that have successfully dealt with the bullying situation and the common denominator for the success is that the bully / bully behavior was made public. Then there was an effort to integrate the bully back into a school environment. I know that's difficult because even adults support the idea that students shouldn't "snitch." But bullying continues to happen, because there a collective effort to keep bullying a secret until a tragedy happens. As a society, we must to stand up to the bullies. Adults who work with children must interfere and report incidents of bullying.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  17. Michelle

    Just today I filed charges against a kid who has bullied my son incessantly. I witnessed this kid trip my son and push him down today. This was after numerous times of this kid picking at my son, waiting until he was in the bathroom urinating then would mess with him. He would shove his head down in the fountain. This year, he started name calling. Telling my son he was retarded and stupid. Then he recruited other kids to pick on him and at one point "dared" another kid to grab my son's crotch and rub up against him. My son has come home with spit on him and his lunch box drop kicked to the point the contents "exploded." The last straw was when I saw this kid pick on my son right in front of me. The school has done nothing. Now maybe law enforcement will take care of it.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  18. Michelle R

    Bullying almost destroyed my 4th grader. He was called 'stupid' several times a day, all year. He became the kid to pick on in his class, and had few friends. He stopped trying in school and actually went down 20% on his ISAT scores from the previous year. Our society tells people in abusive relationships to get out, but our kids have no choice but to walk into the same type of environment daily. Then we wonder why kids can't see that things will get better, and commit suicide or acts of violence.

    We are homeschooling our children now, and are grateful this was an avenue we could take. Our son is gaining his confidence back, and is in an environment free of ridicule and bullying. He still has issues from last year that we have to deal with, but his future is a lot brighter than it used to be.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  19. Danny Luncsford

    I was bullied as a child. I'm gay, and I was subject to ridicule and humiliation my entire childhood. I prayed my life to an end. It was difficult to see past the cloud of hate. Our society, has "OKed" the use of hate toward gays. In the news, homosexuals are damned by the religous and right winged community. Imagine.....you are 14 years old and you are learning that you are gay. Everywhere, (and i mean everywhere) you hear that gay'ness' is going to result in an eternity of HELL. Look into your hearts.....Understand, these kids need us. Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin....Do you believe these young children should be dead? Because these children have come to the end of their rope. Do you want to be responsible for tying that noose? DO YOU? If you continue to speak and pronouce the hate, you are tying the NOOSE. God teaches that each of us should not judge. Yet, we all go againts his word. This is from the bible. You have chosen to listen to some "quotes" from the bible, but not others. Who is the hateful person? Who is going to HELL? Who is the sinner? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the people that make this country to FREE-est place on earth.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:14 am |
  20. Lisa

    Hey parents, if you really want an eye-opener, check out bully-management in public vs private schools! HUGE difference!

    October 5, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  21. Linda Way

    Bullying is a problem for many kids. It is just the ones doing the bullying and making fun of other kids are never punished so they don't see a problem. If you take care of the bullies, you will take care of the retalitory violence in the schools.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  22. Brooke

    The 19 percent of parents who said kids should deal with bullies on their own are idiots. They'll regret that kind of thinking when they find their kid hanging in their room, dead.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  23. joe brown

    I was bullied by the same group from grade school through high school. I am now 62 and recently have been seeing a counselor because I was triggered into intense emotions by a landlord who verbally bullied me. I found out that I have suffered PTSD throughout my life from being bullied when I was young. I have had an inablility to have any meaningful relationships and cannot forgive anyone for anything.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  24. Phala Bradford

    Bullying is not just afflicting gay teens but anyone who is "different'. From "nerds" to " fat" kids to kids who can't afford the right clothes. It is a disease of lack of respect. All you have to do to see where it comes from is to listen to ads on Tv and watch the mud being slung by our politicians.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  25. SteveB

    Those numbers seem like they should be reversed.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  26. Tim

    Not wanting to write a book here. Its sad that we all live like were in one of Darwin's books ,Yet we say were the smartest animals on the planet. Truth is ,we are the most dangerous.How can we fix another country when we cannot keep our own children safe in their schools ,homes,and around their friends and acquaintances. Better education and tolerance is the only way to save humanity from ourselves or we will perish .

    October 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  27. Mary P.

    In 2001 my daughter was cyber-bullied. The bullies said they were going to kill her with knives and slash her face. My daughter was the new girl in school that year. The bullies eventually beat her face up in the cafeteria one day. Administration suspended my daughter and the bullies. They told my daughter to not use the bathrooms during class periods, and to watch her back. Fast forward to 2010. I work at this high school now. Two students who have physical abnormalities where photographed in school and the pictures put on facebook. Here they were mocked by members of the student body. When administration was notified not much was done and now the bully is on homecoming court and could be homecoming queen!

    October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Vanessa

    In a society where everything and anything is accepted, the lack of boundaries causes chaos. Our society has changed so rapidly that there is not "social standard" any more. As a result no one knows what is right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable. What children need most is consistency and clarity in behavior expectations and role models.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Angie, Plano TX

    From my experience, everyone is bullied at some point. Whether you are a child in grade school, a teenager in high school/college or an adult in the work place…bullies use and abuse there power (some physically and other mentally) to gain power over others. The best thing to do is acknowledge it, report it if possible, try to move on or to another area.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Dina K.

    Bullying is nothing new. The question is what have we been doing as a society that has not worked, and what can we do differently that can reduce this eternal problem. Perhaps building one or two schools in each district for kids who consistenly bully? The kids who attend could earn their right to return to the regular school system.It's just old-fashioned consequences for poor behavior and rewards for good behavior. But, we have to be serious about it and actually employ this plan country-wide.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Johnny5

    What ever happend to the old days when a bully got his/her butt kicked by the older siblings or friends of the "victim".

    We're too PC and too chickified today, that's the problem...stand up victims and get revenge any way you can. If you have a baseball bat or an older brother...you know what to do...its that simple.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Earl N.

    There are also ADULT bullies. My ex is one. She uses our children, situations, circumstances and other people to bully me. She ignores a court order, as rules do not apply to her. Worse, is the family law court in Missouri could care less about Father's, as long as they are current on Child Support. My access to my Children is consistently interfered with and restricted. My Children are on a steady drip of alienation by her and her Parents. She is an adult Child of two adult bullies, her Parents who live right beside her.

    I am attempting to teach my Children bullying is not okay and it is not alright! I am an adult that finds it VERY difficult to protect myself from her manipulative behavior. I can only imagine how hopeless it must feel for these children, adolescents and young adults. Sometimes I even find it hopeless, as I try to remain involved in my Childrens lives as the Court Sytem makes it nearly impossible.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Bobby

    This just reflects our overall culture. Kids now have little respect for anyone or anything. It is a me, me, me society framed by lack of respect of dignity. As far as suicide, folks kill themselves every day. The only person responsible for killing themself is the person that does it. No one will ever really truly know why folks make this horrible decision, but to blame other folks for it does not make sense.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  34. John

    Bullying is everywhere, but middle school years seem to be the worst. Since kids mature at different rates, this age is ripe for bullying. I think most of us have either been bullied or were the bullies.

    Now we have new bullies. Political bullies, politicians who treat everyone who doesn't agree with their point of view, by attacking them with every possible means at hand. Name calling, lies, threats,just like middle school bullies. Now we have politicians who threaten to "take out" people who question their motives. And just like the 8th grade bully, when confronted, they turn their threats into just another "you misunderstood me", like they did so long ago.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Susan

    When will you touch on the subject of teachers who bullying? It is not uncommon. A teacher will select a vulnerable student and bully that student. It gives permission to the children who bully others to then bully that same student. Often the teacher is protected by the administration, education board, and other teachers. Tonight it was suggested on Larry King that students who are bullied should go to teachers with their concerns. Not necessarily a good idea. Bullying needs to be confronted on all fronts. Search "teachers who bully". There is no lack of information on the subject.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Dee Pisciella, Virginia

    Bullying is an attempt to use intimidation physically, verbally or both to gain the upper hand and control/power over another person. The guy who put a tape online of his roommate in a gay relationship is a poor example of a human being. I wonder if he broadcasts his sexual encounters and if not, why not? His lack of character, integrity and just plain allowance of differences in people says my alma mater is wasting a seat since this turkey and his partner in crime both will never succeed in the end. What's inside him that triggers so much cruelty and fear of the differences his roommate had??? Hmmmm.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  37. danny m

    It really great that people are starting to get serious about bullies. Now, how about getting serious about work place bullies. I have worked with several over the years and they can make your life miserable. Sadly some of them were supervisors or managers. And it didn't matter if it was within IBM or ConocoPhillips.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  38. Andrew V.

    More often than not, the teachers know who are the bullies in school and who are the victims, but do nothing about it. The reason, at least in New York, is that it is very difficult to sue the school in court and prevail for negligent supervision.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  39. Rob

    Anderson...

    I wanted to personally thank you, and cnn for being so attentive on this issue. It seriously effected me, and even my Mom. She was able to be there for me when I was.

    Thank you for helping to sort this out, just as you did with the oil catastrophe.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  40. Janean Knight

    Bullying is an issue and we need to take a good look at the way children respond to each other. We also as adults need to start looking at victim proofing instead of bully proofing. Students today to not get the time in school to socialize and learn appropriate social skills and problem solving skills. Bystanders are the key and need to be taught that speaking up is ok and not be retaliated against.
    It is a difficult issue but one that if adults are willing to recognize it then we can begin to protect all the students in schools.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  41. adam hickcox

    I was bullied up until I made a choice to not take it anymore. O began fighting back and realized I was good at it. I started fighting everyone and ended up on the wrong side of the law until my early twenty's. Now, this is my story and I'm not implying that this is what needs to happen or should happen or even that it will happen with kids getting bullied. What I'm saying is, if something would've been done on an adult level to stop my bullying I probably never would've started fighting and getting in trouble and incarcerated. Maybe some of these bullied kids will become monsters if we don't do something about it. Just a theory.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  42. michelle

    MTV now has an Iphone app to combat bullying.

    October 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  43. Jennifer Jensen

    Just wondering, what is the 'real' difference between some of the so called 'peer pressure' and bullying? In reality, isn't pp a lesser demeaning form of being bullied?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  44. alicenyc

    I remember my son being bullied in 6tth grade. I was really angry... I went up to one of the bullies and said... "listen my son is twice your size.. and I have told him never to fight in school... so if you keep it up I know I can't touch you because of your age but i'll tell you what I will take out my frustration on your mom... fair"?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  45. Daniel L.

    Is anyone looking into the possible second victim of the Tyler Clementi tragedy. Is anyone making sure that the other victim is not going to do the same thing as Tyler?

    October 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  46. Delia

    I just want to give my condolences to all the parents that have lost their children on account of bullying. My son had been bullied since he was in the third grade. No matter how many times I warned the principal that I would file a lawsuit against the school and the parents, she never did nothing. My son is quiet, shy, smart and keeps to himself. Year after year went by and finally when my son entered the 7th grade, on the last day of school, two of the boys chased my son to the corner and beat him up, left him bleeding on she sidewalk. It was the final straw, I was ready to call the news and file a police report. The principal said there was no need to do that because I would ruin the kids lives and she finally expelled those kids from school. This was a private school, a catholic school where I thought my son would be safe. My son suffered emotionally and even though he is in high school now, I still see this withdrawn kid afraid to make friends. My son is well grounded, he is an A student, in the honor society but deep down the scars are still there.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  47. Chris P.

    I can recall in an instant all the times I was bullied as a kid. Sometimes it was more than one person at a time. Being "sucker punched" in the gut, verbally tormented and threatened was almost a daily event until I fought back. However, this was back in the early to mid 80's when a fist fight did not mean police intervention. However, I can personally testify that after physically defending myself in front of spectators,the bully lost his power, I gained confidence and also the respect of my peers. Sometimes, all it takes is a swift right hook. Nothing hurt but pride and maybe your hand.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  48. zoe

    everyone is bullied at one point in there life weather its malicious beating nasty words
    i was bullied in year 0 (pronounced year r)im from england this affected my whole life because i went to the same junior school as the bullys so it carried on it started to die down and when it came to high school i had know idea how to make friends and be around people i found it easier to get along with adults it started again i acted wierd around people because i didnt no how to be normal so i got bullied again i have now started college with the same problem im learning slowly but in the eyes of my peers i will never be there perception of normal

    October 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  49. veronica basye

    my sister was bullied into getting on a treadmill that was on.she had severe abrasions on both her legs & had trouble walikng for a week.whats worse is her bully was not adequately reprimanded for her actions & the principle even questioned my sister as to why she hadn't given him the full details(fear).on top of that, her bully still mocked her after the incedent,saying-well u didnt die.. my mother isnt quite sure what to do.the district is counting this as an acccident..she is seeking legal assistance, but cannot find any who will take the case.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  50. Hilary

    I have been one of those kids who has been seriously bullied. It happened to me as a sophomore in High School and now as a freshmen in college I find that I still have those same memories haunting me everyday. It is no longer easy to make friends or feel comfortable around my peers because i feel as though Im being judged. When I was bullied I brought it to my schools attention and they did not help me in anyway. It makes me sad to think that there are kids out there dying because of this behavior and to know first hand the administration at schools don't handle it makes me beyond angry. I have to say once a kid gets bullied it takes a lot to get back to there old self again. I personally can say that I want to get back to where i was carefree and open. But, with this haunting me it makes it more than rough to me it almost seems impossible. Im lucky to have a family who loves and supports me and some great friends who have stuck by me through it all.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
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