Start of school year puts bullying back in spotlight

By Kevin Butler
Long Beach Press-Telegram
LONG BEACH — With the new school year starting in several area districts this week, many students are having to adjust to new schools, tackle more difficult academic subjects and get used to new teachers.

Some likely will face another challenge during the year: Bullying.

School bullying can be traumatic for students, hurting their physical and mental health, said Allan L. Beane, author of “Protect Your Child From Bullying.”

Some victims even blame themselves, he added.

Beane has some advice for a parent whose child tells them that he or she is being bullied at school.

“First thing is that (parents) should let their child know that they are glad that they do know about it and to let the child know that no one deserves to be bullied,” he said.

Many kids are reluctant to tell their parents about bullying, fearing that the parents will respond in ways that will worsen the problem, he said. Full story.


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