Should Children Be Skipping School In Fear Of Being Bullied?

“This is a problem at every school”

Girl Being Bullied

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) –According to a press release, the Baldwin-Whitehall School District reports that 160,000 students skip school every day for fear of being bullied.

The Baldwin-Whitehall school district is the first of sixty in the region teaming up with Rachel’s Challenge to encourage achievement and social-emotional learning by focusing on building better connections between students, faculty and staff in order to make schools safer.

Dr. Randal Lutz the Superintendent of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “I think this a problem in every school and it’s a matter of whether or not administrators are paying attention.”

Not only can bullying affect a child physically and emotionally, but when bullying is happening at school it can affect a child’s academics.

Dr. Lutz says, “If kid’s cannot think about being safe and attending their classes without fear of what is going to happen between bells and so forth how can they really focus on their academics?  So it’s the emotional and social well-being of students and if we don’t take care of that first, the academic will never get itself in line.”

 Dr. Lutz adds that with every school tragedy, the rules change.  And now many schools are focusing on making sure kids feel connected to their environment, feel valued and loved internally. 

Baldwin-Whitehall School District has been working with Rachel’s challenge all week, to help get the message to students to replace acts of violence and bullying with acts of respect and kindness. 

For more information on Rachel’s Challenge, visit https://rachelschallenge.org/about-us/media.

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