October is National Bullying Prevention Month. National averages say one in three students are bullied during the course of the school year. What may have once been considered a “rite of passage” is now a serious cause for concern for parents facing what seems like
a new world of school violence and youth suicide.
According to stopbullying. gov, bullying rates have not necessarily increased, though awareness has.
David Gunter, Santa Rosa County School District (SRCSD) Director of Middle Schools, agreed with those numbers.
“We are starting to see a decline in the incidents rates, fewer bully incidents and fewer discipline incident across that particular spectrum,” Gunter said, adding that middle schools see the highest numbers for bullying, followed by the high schools.
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