The reality of bullying in school


BUT WE KNOW.. IT HAPPENS TO KIDS AT EVERY AGE.. IN EVERY GRADE.. IN EVERY SCHOOL. JUST LAST YEAR.. THE LADIES OF CHANNEL 13 SHARED A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY LUNCH WITH 13-YEAR-OLD LONNA – A BULLIED FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP STUDENT WHO KNOWS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO EAT ALONE. AND LONNA IS FAR FROM THE ONLY ONE. DROP FONT THAT’S WHY WTHR HAS PARTNERED WITH “MANAGED HEALTH SERVICES”.. TO CREATE “A SEAT AT THE TABLE”. THIS OFFERS AN OPEN, HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT BULLYING.. INCLUSION AND FINDING WAYS.. TO MAKE SURE.. “NO ONE EATS ALONE”. THIS MONTH.. SUNRISE ANCHOR JULIA MOFFITT TAKES US INSIDE TINDLEY GENESIS ACADEMY. 00-05 40-45 49-54 “CORDAE JOHNSON / 5TH GRADER AT TINDLEY GENESIS ACADEMY 9:46:46 I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD HAPPEN. JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY IS NOT THE SAME AS YOU, DOESN’T MEAN THEY SHOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY. :53” MOST KIDS WILL TELL YOU.. BULLYING IS NOT OK. STILL… STATISTICS SHOW.. 160-THOUSAND STUDENTS NATIONWIDE SKIP SCHOOL EACH DAY.. BECAUSE OF BULLYING. AND WHILE NOT EVERY CHILD WILL EXPERIENCE BEING THE TARGET OF A BULLY… “…SASHA LAWRENCE / 5TH GRADER 9:41:19 I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN BULLIED BEFORE… :21..” MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF INDIANA STUDENTS SAY.. THEY TOO.. HAVE BEEN BULLIED. THAT’S WHY TINDLEY GENESIS ACADEMY FOCUSES ON MAKING THEIR SCHOOL.. A “NO BULLYING ZONE.” A BIG PART OF THAT IS LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS.. AND STEP IN TO HELP FELLOW CLASSMATES IN NEED. “…SASHA LAWRENCE / 5TH GRADER 9:42:24 I HAD OTHER STUDENTS HELP ME WITH MY BULLYING. MY FRIENDS STOOD UP FOR ME, ONE TIME WHEN SOMEBODY WAS BULLYING ABOUT ME.:31 …” “…09:58:35 STUDIES SHOW 57% OF THE TIME, WHEN A STUDENT STEPS IN FOR ANOTHER STUDENT THAT’S BEING BULLIED IT STOPS. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE DOING PEER ON PEER PROGRAMS HERE AT TINDLEY GENESIS ACADEMY. 58:47 …” ANOTHER KEY MESSAGE TO THE STUDENTS CAME THROUGH A SPECIAL PUPPET SHOW… TEACHING KIDS IT’S OK TO TELL A TRUSTED ADULT WHEN THEY OR SOMEONE THEY KNOW.. IS BEING BULLIED. “…09:13:42 YOU KNOW, THERE’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RATTING SOMEONE OUT AND REPORTING. 12:46 SEE, IF YOU’RE RATTING SOMEONE OUT, YOU’RE PURPOSELY TRYING TO GET THAT PERSON IN TROUBLE. IF YOU’RE REPORTING, YOU’RE TRYING TO KEEP YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE SAFE. 12:57 …” AT THE END OF THE DAY.. THE KIDS WERE LEFT WITH A CHALLENGE TO GO FORWARD.. AND MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE. “…MARIE HARMAN / JOSEPH MALEY FOUNDATION INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER 09″36:24 I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAYBE GO TALK TO SOMEBODY THAT YOU’VE NOT BEEN VERY NICE TO, MAYBE SOMEBODY THAT YOU’VE BULLIED OR MAYBE SOMEBODY YOU’VE SAID BAD THINGS ABOUT OR MAYBE SOMEBODY THAT YOU’VE JUST AVOIDED IN GENERAL BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE WEIRD. YOU MIGHT FIND YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH THEM, AND YOU MIGHT BECOME FRIENDS. :42 …” JULIA MOFFITT, CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS. WE’VE GOT MORE DETAILS ON “A SEAT AT THE TABLE” ALONG WITH RESOURCES FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST HEAD TO WTHR DOT COM SLASH A SEAT AT THE TABLE.