Beating the Bully: Part Two

Three years ago the Warren County School District had the students take a bully survey.

Nita Kirwan, a guidance counselor for Natcher Elementary, says it was in the top two elementary schools for problems with bullying.

She and her co-workers then decided to take a pro-active approach.
Kirwan says: "Kids don't want to tell because they're going to be bullied even more."

While many think about the long-term consequences bullying can have on the victim, it also affects the bully as well.

Dr. Jim Davis, a psychiatrist, says: "We know that kids who bully end up having severe life problems themselves, have much higher rate of criminal behavior before the age of 30 if you're a bully."

In order to help all of the children involved Kirwan says she includes their families, teachers, and both the victim, and the bully in the counseling.

Kirwan says: "We do a lot of self-esteem with them; we try to empower them because a lot of it's all about control and they feel good when they put someone else down."

The students at Natcher are also taught about the effects of bullying and what to do if they see another classmate being physically injured, or verbally assaulted.