Doctors, parents talking about the other side of bullying

Doctors shine spotlight on reasons behind bullying

A CSRA parent who did not want to be identified said her daughter has been a victim of bullying.

"At lunch time, he would get into her lunch bag and throw fruit from her lunch across the cafeteria until it was ruined."

The mom said teachers, the principal and even other kids got involved. What they eventually found out was shocking.

"He isn't in a safe home and he doesn't feel safe," she said, "so as a result, he's picking on other kids."

Pediatricians said it's more common than people might think.

"Often we see children who are bullied turn into bullies themselves," Dr. Saira Alimohamed, Assistant Professor of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, said. "I think the first red flag is the parent says they're getting in trouble in school a lot."

Alimohamed said the statistics aren't good for kids who don't get help.

"Children who are labeled as aggressors by their peers by the age of 8 are less likely to hold a steady job when they're young adults, are less likely to hold a steady relationship and are more likely to be incarcerated," Alimohamed said.

She said statistics show the U.S. department of Health and Human Services found 1 in 3 children report being bullied verbally and physically.

"I think the first stop is talk to your pediatrician, talk to the school and see what resources there are," she said.

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