This is Part 2 in a three-part series featuring content from Variety magazine's special issue on Violence & Entertainment, which encourages a variety of voices to speak up and address possible solutions to this national problem. See Part 1 here.
As part of the special issue, Variety offered this compelling graphic about student experiences with violence, as well as featuring efforts to address bullying.
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The battle against bullying
School should not be a place to fear. As we’ve seen, children are being attacked from the outside, with people entering schoolgrounds, but there is also danger within.
According to the Do Something organization, 90% of students in grades four through eight are victims of bullying, with 56% of that coming at school. And one out of 10 students eventually drop out of school because of bullying.
The numbers are shocking. It’s partly because more acts are being reported, but also because there is more bullying. There are more ways to bully these days: Aside from physical and verbal abuse, it can come from online, and via social media. It can become all-consuming.
Michelynn Woodard is vice president of philanthropy for JCPenney. Read the full article here.
Stay tuned for Part 3: Video Games & Violence.