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Sep 08

Fourth Annual 1,000 Youth March Against Bullying and Violence

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 8:44 AM by Communications Department

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
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The Mayor’s Initiative to End Bullying in Newport News will hold the 4th Annual Parents Against Bullying 1,000 Youth March on Sunday, October 9th, from 2 PM until 5 PM at Todd Stadium. This event is free and open to the public. The Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying is a city-wide initiative in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the BULLY Project to make schools and communities safe and supportive environments for all youth. Parents Against Bullying is a non-profit organization that promotes community awareness about bullying prevention and is a One City Marathon designated charity.

About one in every four kids in the U.S. is bullied on a regular basis – approximately 13 million children are bullied each year in the U.S. alone. 9_8_poster_SCYet 64% of children who were bullied do not report it. Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. According to the Center for Disease Control, students who are both targets of bullying and engage in bullying behavior are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems than students who only bully or are only bullied. Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Stopbullying.gov indicates that witnesses are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; have increased mental health problems; and miss or skip school.