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New school year, bullying still an issue

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It's the start of a new school year and this could mean new schools for many students. Being among so many new faces or "friends", obvious signs of a bully may not be visible.

A bully is a troublesome, overbearing person who often intimidates weaker, sometimes smaller people, mentally or physically. And authorities at schools in the district have a disciplinary actions in place for bullies.

"It could be anything from going to in school suspension, depending on the severity of it. Or it could be a suspension from school. Or it could be both in school suspension and a suspension from school, of course, based on the severity." said NHS Assistant Principal Barbara Landor.

Students that find themselves to be the target of a bully should acknowledge they are being picked on and let an authority figure or faculty member know.

"We cannot take any kind of action if we are not knowing that bullying is going on. Kids are probably not going to say anything when it comes to bullying. It's kind of something that's got to be seen or it gets to the point that they can't take it anymore and ultimately something bad may happen," said Guidance Counselor Kevin Vital.

It's also important for parents to pick up signs from their children that there may be problems at school.

"Parents can start to have conversation with their kids, you know, obviously when those kids are coming home they can pick up if they had a good day or bad day and just try to start to really dig deep into what's going on with that kid. Asking them questions about how they feel about certain things." said Vital.

In the end, most bullies will end up in some type of trouble. If you know someone that is a bully, do your best to offer them advice on a better solution to solve their problems.

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