October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Pine Bluff School District's Title I Parent & Family Resource Center is sponsoring anti-bullying awareness in October.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center is sponsoring anti-bullying awareness in October.

According to statistics provided by the resource center:

• 1 in 7 students in grades K through 12th is either a bully or has been bullied.

• 160,000 kids miss school every day out of fear of being bullied.

• About 282,000 students are reportedly attacked in high school throughout the nation each

month.

• Suicide as a result of bullying continues to be one of the leading causes of death among

children under 12.

To inspire action, anti-bullying posters will be displayed in school locations and students will be asked to sign posters pledging to speak up against bullying, to reach out to others who are bullied and to be a friend whenever they see bullying. Schools are also asked to display National Bullying Awareness Month on their school marquees during October and classes will discuss and complete writing assignments on questions such as:

• What is bullying?

• What is cyber bullying?

• Why do students bully?

• Why are students targeted by bullying?

• What can students do to help?

• What can adults in the school do to help?

• What can parents do to help?

• What can the community do to help?

For further information call 850-2008.