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Bullying is not something that happens just in someone else's neighborhood, or in someone else's school district.

Bullying happens right here in DeKalb County, sometimes with deadly consequences. We don't want to write about more children killing themselves because they no longer could take the bullying.

"Confronting the Bully" is a special Daily Chronicle report on bullying in DeKalb County and what we can do to stop it.

Over the past several months, we've talked to victims of bullying, and family members of bullying victims. We've talked to educators, counselors and other experts. We surveyed administrators of DeKalb County schools. We'll report our initial findings in a four-day series Sept. 26 through Sept. 29. But our reporting will not end with the series.

"Confronting the Bully" will be a year-round project. Please join us on this journey.

Methods to prevent bullying

If you are being bullied online:
  • Don’t respond to bullying or inappropriate messages, but save them as evidence.
  • Always report online bullying to an adult.
  • Block the email addresses and cell phone numbers of people who send unwanted messages.
  • File complaints with service providers.
  • When in doubt about what to do, log off the computer and ask for help from a trusted adult.
Source: Anti-Defamation League
If you are being bullied:
  • Ignore the bully's behavior whenever possible.
  • Use social skills, such as assertiveness, instead of using aggression and intimidation.
  • Rebuff the bully in a firm manner.
  • Protect yourself emotionally and physically without using retaliation.
  • Ask the bully to stop, and then walk away.
  • Defuse the situation with humor.
  • Spend time in groups of students you can trust.
Source: Bully Proof USA

'Confronting the Bully' series stories

  • Bullying gets dissected by panelists in forum

    MAPLE PARK – Communities came together Wednesday night to discuss ways on how to eliminate the specter of bullying.
    Oct. 4, 2012 - 11:55 am
  • Stopping the bully cycle

    DeKALB – When a bullying incident comes to Tim Vincent’s attention, he and the staff at Clinton Rosette Middle School try to take a creative approach ...
    Sept. 29, 2012 - 5:30 am
  • Virtual danger: Cyberbullying becoming more common

    Sycamore parent Earl Gable keeps strict rules for his children’s use of social media and cellphones.
    Oct. 1, 2012 - 10:16 am
  • Who is doing the bullying?

    The concept of a bully used to be simple, and potential bullies were thought to be easy to spot.Thin ...
    Sept. 27, 2012 - 5:30 am
  • Starting points: Bullies product of their environment

    Bullies aren’t born. They’re made. Sometimes, bullies are people who have been bullied themselves, s ...
    Sept. 27, 2012 - 11:07 pm
  • The real consequences of bullying

    SYCAMORE – Alyssa Pawola does not see much truth in the old “sticks and stones” phrase. Because word ...
    Sept. 26, 2012 - 5:30 am
  • Anyone can be a target of bullying

    SYCAMORE – Best friends, a student with a disability, a member of the marching band, a varsity athlete.
    Sept. 25, 2012 - 11:58 pm
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