Kaylee Eckelman- Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The month of October marks National Bullying Prevention Month. During this month, schools across America will focus on the problem of bullying.
“Bullying is an issue at every school in every county across the United States,” LRHS assistant principal Michael Staker said.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in five students in the United States has experienced bullying at some point in their life.
With bullying being a universal issue, LRHS has multiple ways of dealing with it.
“We have several different methods that the school and the school district use to combat bullying,” Staker said.
Among these procedures is a system where Mustangs can anonymously report a bullying incident by filling out a bullying form.
Mustangs are also encouraged to report a bullying occurrence directly to discipline in a timely manner.
“I would say go to any adult, it doesn’t have to be somebody in administration, it will ultimately get to one of the deans or me, but you could report it to a teacher or tell any adult on campus and they will report it back to us,” said Staker. “I would say the most important thing is to report it as quickly as possible. If something happens report it when it happens, don’t wait.”
National Bully Prevention Month is not the only step that has been taken to combat the issue of bullying. First lady Melania Trump’s program “Be Best” was implemented to help children who are being bullied as well as to help fix the opioid crisis.
With bullying being a nationally recognized issue, Mustangs have many people that they can go to if they are being bullied. They are encouraged to seek help, as bullying is a serious issue.