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Bullying & Resources

Bullying is prevalent these days. Whether it occurs in person or online, it can have serious and lasting consequences. However, help is available in the form of local, national, and international resources. Maybe the title here should match the button, i.e, Bullying: who to contact

One day when my little sister was riding her bike on the elementary school grounds a boy threw rocks at her. The boy was not disciplined. My father went to the school and complained to the principal. The principal apologized but said there was nothing she could do because the boy’s father was the chief of police. 
Fast forward several decades.
There was a bullying incident at my grandson’s school. His principal was extremely proactive. She was a no-nonsense scholarly woman from India who wore beautiful saris to work. When a bullying incident occurred, she would wait until evening. Then she would visit the student’s home accompanied by a uniformed police officer. The officer would park the cruiser in the family’s driveway or else as close to the house as possible. No one had to wonder who was receiving a visit from law enforcement officers. The principal and the officer would have a heart-to-heart talk with the family. Bullying incidents quickly became a thing of the past.
Whether the bully is online or in your face, seek help from parents, teachers, friends and other trusted members of the community.

Resources for those affected by bullying:

For Canada:

Connect to 686868


Send an SMS message to 1-877-352-4497

For the United States Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

For Global Information and Resources