Bullying has become so common, people tend to overlook it and say, "kids will be kids." In schools all around us, children are being tormented by their fellow classmates every day. Unfortunately, the harassment laws that already exist don't always get enforced. We have the tools and the education we need as adults to protect our young, so why don't we use what we already have and know?

What happened to Phoebe Prince?

Phoebe Prince was a 15 year old student at South Hadley High School that was tormented every day by classmates. Everyone knew how she was being treated, and it went on for several months. There were many complaints of her being pushed and books getting knocked out of her hands. She was threatened daily, and her hair pulled. The list goes on ... One day she couldn't take anymore and took her own life. Those laws should have been enforced from the very beginning. This is one incident out of millions. It's going on every day, all around us.

Bullying is a form of violence and abuse. We need to put an end to it right away. To learn more about different forms of violence and how it has affected the lives of millions, click on http://www.dove-wa.org

Children that are bullied are more likely to suffer health problems than children that are not bullied. Stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, fatigue and trauma are some of the main symptoms. They can develop physical symptoms such as a reduced immunity to infection, causing them to get colds and fevers frequently. They could develop chest pains, shy bladder syndrome, thyroid problems, skin disorders, and seizures, to name a few. Worst of all, is feeling unwanted and unloved, and eventually suicidal.

We need to listen to our children and pay close attention to those signs I mentioned above. If something doesn't seem right, then it probably isn't. Talk to the school right away and make sure to follow up, even if it means going up there every day to make sure something is being done. "Kids wil be kids" is not acceptable. Click on Moms Speak Out! for more information on how we, parents, can get more involved.

Support groups are a great thing to get involved in. If you don't know of one, why not start one of your own. BullyBust has a ton of information and resources for those of you who are wondering where to begin. It's also great for kids to look at, especially if he or she is a bully victim.

Bullying should never lead to suicide. It's time to take charge and stop those bullies!

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