The school year is winding down, and every student has summer on their minds. Playing in the sand, camping in the woods, its amazing if students can focus enough to take their final exams. However, summer means safety for some students, actually nearly 280,000 students. Many students look to summer as the ultimate end to bullying for the school year.
Nearly 280,000 school students are bullied each day in the United States. The attacks range from physical confrontations to emotional verbal abuse, and force a whopping 160,000 students to stay home each day from fear of being bullied. Even though the coursework is dwindling down now that summer vacation is almost here, but bullying never ceases.
Many victims of bullying look to summer as a welcomed reprieve from the attacks and abuse they receive daily. Summer gives student victims a 70 day grace period of not feeling unwanted or unimportant. Bullying has become such an issue in this country, that 1 out of every 4 children will be abused by another peer. It is often looked over and minimized by school administrations, allowing bullying to become a reoccurring problem.
Summer is meant to be a safe haven for students away from school, but in the sense of no work, not safety. If your child is being bullied, don’t treat it lightly and stop it before it becomes worse. New Jersey has bullying laws and will help any student being victimized. The school year should be looked forward to just as much as summer, and if you can stop a bully, you can make that happen.