By Jenna Daugherty
October is national bullying prevention month and schools everywhere take advantage of the month to spread awareness. About 15% of students report being bullied each year, mainly cyberbullying. Teachers and counselors use October to remind kids that they always have a safe place and a listening ear at their school.
Olathe Northwest honors the month by hanging up different posters all around the school. Some are QR codes for students to report bullying if they see it, some have the counselors’ contact information and others are just lifting students up. Spreading awareness about bullying and bullying prevention is crucial for adding to a school’s safe atmosphere.
“When bullying occurs at a school, the whole climate is affected. Kids don’t realize how easy it is to prevent. However, by just holding the door for someone, smiling at a kid in the hallway, sitting with the lonely kid at lunch, just being a kind person adds so much to the environment at the school,” said Heather Jasper a counselor at ONW.
If you see bullying be sure to report it.