Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Are your kids safe at school? When your child goes to school, are others making his or her life a living hell in the classroom? Learn how to spot the warning signs and things you do to help them take back their lives.
Bullying has been in the headlines a lot lately and many schools and states began looking at ways to combat not only bullying in the hallways, but online as well after the January 2010 death of Phoebe Prince, 15, in Massachusetts. Prince, who moved to the U.S. from Ireland, had reportedly been bullied for several months by students at South Hadley High School. The bullying came to a head, and Prince hanged herself at her family's apartment.
In October 2009, shots rung out at Carolina Forest High School after School Resource Officer Marcus Rhodes shot and killed 16-year-old Trevor Varinecz, a junior at the school. State investigators say the special needs student, a high-functioning Asperger's teen, went after the officer with a knife and was killed in self defense. Trevor's mother said the teen had been bullied and took the knife to school for protection.
In March, we sat down with a group of students from Socastee High School for a candid conversation about bullying in area schools.
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Thursday at 6 p.m., we will take a local look at the impact of bullying and show how one local student is standing up and making a difference by creating his own website and program to teach others how to safeguard themselves from becoming a bully's victim.
WMBF News Anchor Danner Evans sat down with the youngster and his family and spoke to school officials where he's setting up a program. She also talked with a local psychologist to talk about the effects bullies have on children.