Every day thousands of children wake up and are afraid to go to school. Bullying has had a huge impact on the health and welfare of children across our country, our state, our county and our schools. Bullying is a form of violence and abuse and must be stopped.
This was the message delivered to the classes at I.C.S. over the past several weeks by Heather Martin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Martin visited the classrooms and presented the children with a very real picture of what bullying is and how it can be stopped. She presented the children with reasons some people are bullies, the characteristics of many victims, and the severe effects of bullying, both physically and mentally. The students were given the responsibility of reporting any act of bullying to grown-ups whether they experience it first hand or they witness it at school, on the playground, or at home. It was agreed that bullying has no place at school or in our world.