Experts Offer Advice On How To Battle Bullying

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WACO (February 2, 2014) Professors, counselors, and school administrators were on hand for News 10’s Bully Prevention Phone Bank Monday evening, providing advice to anyone who called in searching for answers about one of America’s growing problems.

According to stats compiled by Business Insider in 2013, an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.

The stats continue, citing that 6 out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day.

Parents and even some children called into News 10's Bully Prevention Phone Bank Monday searching for the best ways to squash bullying.

Below are the top 3 most asked questions.

Q: What are some consequences I should expect if my child is bullied?

"There could be emotional devastation. Kids can resort to mutilating themselves, going into depression, and even becoming more violent themselves."—answer provided by assistant principal Tarl Lloyd.

Q: As a parent/grandparent, do I have the right to do something if my child is bullied?

"There are protocols schools are supposed to be following to keep our kids safe, but not all schools are taking bullying as seriously as they need to. Your administrator won’t know unless you say something in certain instances, so yes you have a right."—answer provided by Dr. Tamara Hodges, Baylor Professor.

Q: My child has a special need and is being bullied, what should I do?

"I would encourage you first of all to go to your administrator and give them the opportunity to investigate the situation. Then it might be advisable for you to call a meeting with your Special Ed department so you can come up with a plan to better protect and help the child."—answer provided by Cindy Davis, Region 12 Crisis Response Team.