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      Fighting back against bullies with the start of the school year

      For kids, getting back to school means a familiar routine. But for those that have experienced bullying, that routine can be a terrifying thought of returning back to daily torment.

      The National Center for Education Statistics say that at least 28% of students age 12 through 18 have experienced bullying physically or verbally, and a study at Yale University says kids run a risk nine times higher of committing suicide. That number may be even higher for girls age 10-14.

      "We try to prevent any bullying from happening. In reality, we know it happens in school," says TPS Asst. Superintendent Brian Murphy.

      With things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all the other social media outlets, cyber bullying is also a concern, possibly more than physical bullying in this modern technology day-and-age.

      As parents, protecting your children is of the highest concern, and that includes recognizing possible behavioral patterns that would indicate your kid is being bullied.

      Murphy explains, "They tend to go into isolation. They come home and are very quiet. They lose their appetite."

      If you are a victim, seek help, because what's being done to you is not ok. School officials say It's a priority at TPS that every student feels safe while they are in school.

      Edmund Burke said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

      This means, if you see bullying, and do nothing, you might as well be the bully yourself.

      Because every student has the right to feel safe while in school, and the responsibility to treat everyone else with dignity and respect.