A mother’s struggle: Bullying in schools has kids facing ‘mental health epidemic’

A mother from Western Connecticut is speaking out about her children’s battle with bullying during National Bullying Awareness Month.

News 12 Staff

Oct 16, 2022, 10:24 PM

Updated 647 days ago

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A mother from Western Connecticut is speaking out about her children’s battle with bullying during National Bullying Awareness Month.
She says her son and daughter are constantly bullied at school.
"There's graffiti in the bathroom with statements about my daughter,” she said. "A couple of girls ran after her. She was cornered in the bathroom, they instigated a fight and my daughter said no.”
She is also worried the situation could escalate.
"I'm afraid that they're going to take a weapon to the school. There have been schools where they have taken guns before,” she said.
The concerned mother says she reported the abuse to school officials on several occasions. Though they tried to intervene, she says the bullying always resumes within a matter of days.
Child psychologist and Executive Director of Sasco River Center Dr. Chris Bogart says schoolchildren are facing a mental health epidemic when it comes to bullying.
“The remedy in my mind is that there must be a national partnership. There has to be a partnership between the parents, between the schools and between the children. I think there needs to be special training of teachers in how to recognize the signs of this,” he said.
The mother says the best way to observe National Bullying Awareness Month is for parents to hold their kids accountable if they find out their own child is guilty of being a bully at school.
"You're there to get an education. You're not there to bully people. You're not there to fight,” she said.


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