WTVM 4/26/13 Editorial: School bullying needs to stop - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 4/26/13 Editorial: School bullying needs to stop

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We've all heard the saying about "sticks and stones."

Well, the reality is words can hurt and bullying is something we cannot allow.

A new study by Duke University found those who were bullied grew into adults who were more likely to develop long-term anxiety disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

We don't want to be too late in catching a problem. There are countless examples of that.

A tearful mom recently talked to News Leader 9, claiming her 12-year-old son was bullied and assaulted during a Columbus youth indoor football game. 

Last month, a Columbus woman says her grandson was beaten up twice by classmates.

Schools often have safety plans that include bullying prevention, but proactive parents will make the biggest difference.

So what should you do if you think your child is being bullied?

Experts tell us: communicate with your child about their day. Pay attention to signs like not wanting to go to school, being sick, maybe a change in eating and sleeping habits.

Stay involved with the school.

If you feel your child is being bullied there, contact your child's principal, or counselor.

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