Today is Brittnee Smith-Wood’s 15th birthday. Normally, it’s a celebration, but today she’s home from school – too emotionally scarred from the bullying she’s experienced the year before.
“Every time i walk in the hallway they say mean words, call me names… I won’t walk in the hallway alone,” she tearfully admitted.
Middle school is tough. And for Brittnee, 8th grade has been especially hard.
“She’s on depression pills and she’s on anxiety pills because of bullying. Some days she doesn’t even want to go to school. I have to force her to go to school,” said Brittnee’s mom, Lori Wood.
Bullying statistics show that about 77 percent of students have admitted to being the victim of one type of bullying or another. Researchers note that one way to help begin to lower bullying is to tell an adult, a teacher, or an administrator what is going on. Brittnee says, she’s already tried that.
“The assistant principal would tell me that there’s nothing she can do unless somebody walks in the hallway and sees someone saying something about me,” said Brittnee.
Brittnee is in middle school in the Lyons Central School District. When question about their bullying issue, Superintendent Donald Putnam, released the following statement:
“Our district takes bullying very seriously and has procedures and protocols in place to deal with all reported cases. We proactively address bullying and have taken many steps to communicate the importance of this matter with our students.”
As of now, Brittnee and her family have agreed she will be homeschooled for the upcoming school year. But the smith-wood family hopes the bullying problem will be addressed and hopefully stop… Not just for Brittnee, but for everyone.
“She should be able to go to school and get her education without getting bullied or getting named called or any of that. She needs her education just as much as anyone else does,” added Wood.
Brittnee also said she is extremely lucky to have her family to support her and tells others, who are bullied, to not give up.
Anti-Bullying Organizations also encourage anyone who is bullied to tell an adult and to not be afraid to ask for help.
For more statistics and help: http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/