Hello everybody, today my blog will be about school climate – bullying issues.

Were ever you bullied as a kid? If you were, I expect it was not the greatest experience in the world. Today, I’m going to tell you if I have ever been bullied and how that made me feel. Fortunately for me, I have not been bullied. Now don’t get me wrong, I have been left out of things in past, but that was because of my abilities not because someone was picking on me. I don’t know the reason(s) that the bullies left me alone. They might have been intimidated by the sheer size of my wheelchair. You might be wondering if I think that a child with special needs is a bigger target for bullies. The answer to that question is yes. I think because bullies sometimes see a person with a disability and think that they are weak and unimportant and they also think that they are an easier target.

While I have not had the experience of being bullied, I have heard that a lot of school age children have been bullied. I went on the Internet to look up facts about bullying and I want to share them with you. According to NoBullying.com…

64% of children who were harassed or bullied do not report it.

35% of kids have been threatened online.

Three out of four school shooting incidents have been linked to bullying or other harassment.

49 states have anti-bullying laws, but 70% of students think that the schools respond poorly to bullying reports.

6 out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school every day.

One in three children in grades 6 to 10 are bullied. So that means that if there were 30 children in a classroom, 10 of those children would get abused or bullied.

What I think should be done about bullying is that every state should be required to have anti-bullying laws not just 49 states. I think that the stats are appalling and they need to change! It should not be just 49 states it needs to be the whole country. 6 out of 10 students who witness bullying should change to zero.

Those are my thoughts.  Now I want to hear yours. We can make a difference. We can change the world. Remember, it only takes one person to change the world.

Have a great day and I will see you next week, Chandler 🙂