Editorial: "Anti Bullying Month"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Bullying has been defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involve a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems as a result.

Bullying takes many forms and can be verbal, physical, social or all of the above.  Bullying is no longer a shove in the hall or being called an unpleasant name in front of peers. Today with the advent of Facebook and Twitter bully's can be cowards while wreaking havoc on their victim's anonymously lurking in the shadows of social media.

It breaks my heart knowing that there are children going to bed tonight hoping they don't wake up in the morning. They would rather not take in one more breath than face their tormentors one more time.

I can't help but remember a personal story shared by a beautiful young lady that was told she was ugly when she was only a child.  Up to that day she never thought about what ugly looked like – after that day when she looked in the mirror she told herself I guess I'm what ugly looks like.

October is Anti Bullying month and we ask that you get involved – talk to your children – listen to your children – pay attention to warning signs and don't take anything for granted.   Life is hard enough – log onto www.stopbullying.gov today to learn more.

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