It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. One in seven students is either a bully or victim.

Bullying has gotten to the point where many just consider it an everyday thing. I, myself, haven’t experienced bullying to the point where I didn’t want to come to school, but I have seen some who have.

Bullying begins in elementary school, peaks in middle school and falls off in high school. It does not, however, disappear altogether. To me, something needs to be done about this.

Although most victims don’t look very different from their classmates, they are taunted most often because of their physical appearance. If the people who are bullying them would know how it feels to be picked on, they might actually think twice about doing it. If we could teach students about how bad bullying really is, maybe we would see and hear less of it.

Some ways we might be able to help is just to stand up for someone who is getting bullied. Just one person may be able to make a difference and stop that person from bullying him or her.

Another way we can stop it is just don’t bully someone. Just think about how you are making that other person feel, and maybe, just maybe, you will realize the pain they go through.

Valene St.Onge, Auburn