MDH SAYS: It is time to confront the bully

Standing up to the local bully is not easy. It can be especially difficult for children who aren’t the most athletic, the most popular, or the most socially adept among their classmates.

Being subjected to bullying over periods of time can have traumatic effects on our children.
Bullying can hurt children mentally, emotionally, even physically.

This week, the Morris Daily Herald is presenting a four-day investigative report on bullying. It started Wednesday and continues through Saturday.

In “Confronting the Bully,” we hope to start a community-wide conversation about bullying and its ramifications, with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of bullying that occurs in our schools, neighborhoods and online.

To accomplish that, we first have to recognize that bullying is happening and understand the consequences. The sad fact is, bullying is happening in Grundy County, and it can have deadly consequences.

During the four days of this series, we will tell some tragic stories, where bullying led students to kill themselves. We also will tell some hopeful stories about former bullying victims who overcame their traumatic experiences to lead happy, successful lives.

We’ve talked to educators, parents, and national experts in the field of bullying. We’ll explore cyberbullying. We’ll offer suggestions for parents, students and educators.

We encourage you to spend some time with our series. If you’re parents of school-aged children, we encourage you to talk to them about bullying.

No one wants their child to be a bully, or a victim of a bully.

Help us confront the bully.

The Morris Daily Herald Editorial Board is led by editors Patrick Graziano and Mark Malone. It makes its editorial decisions in consultation with other members of the Herald staff.