FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you think no bullying goes on at your child's school-- think again. Experts say no school is immune. And with the internet, kids can be bullied 24/7.
Because of the case at South Hadley High in Massachusetts, in which a student killed herself after relentless bullying, there's a renewed push among school administrators in Maine to make sure kids know how to protect themselves on-line, and where to turn for help.
On-line safety educator Jayne Hitchcock, with the group haltabuse.org, says never respond to what a bully is saying. Says respond only once, and ask the bully to stop communicating with you. If that does not work, she says save everything the bully sends as evidence to use against them. Hitchcock says you should report offensive messages to the internet server it was sent on. Also, tell an adult.
Kids can contact haltabuse.org to report a bully to their school anonymously, and for free help in stoping harassment.