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Girl Scouts Fight Bullying
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Its estimated that about 160,000 kids dont go to school each day because theyre afraid of getting picked on. Some Corridor Girl Scouts are trying to reduce that number.
Jillian Glessner and her fellow Girl Scouts are working to define a subtle distinction.
"The difference between bullying and teasing and not to do bullying because people can really get hurt from it, said Glessner.
Sometimes, theres no distinction at all.
"I think teasing is bullying. I don't see a huge difference between the two. I think teasing leads to bullying, said Behavior Specialist Symon Sanborn.
Whether its a joke between friends thats gone too far or one classmate being mean to another, Jillian sees a better way.
"I'm personally sad but mad because we can stop this but nobody takes a stand or anything like that, said Glessner.
Some experts say fixing the problems with the kids on the playground starts with the adults in the principal's office.
"I say you start at the top and put a program into place that kids feel like they can go and talk to somebody, they can be aware of what's going on around them, and know that it's incorrect when it happens, said Sanborn.
The idea is that when victims of bullying know they can come forward and get help, that allows teachers and administrators to take action on their behalf.
"I do know that there is disciplinary action that takes place. People are kicked off the bus for a certain amount of time, parents are called, there are meetings that happen, said Sanborn.
But it all starts by creating an environment where kids feel comfortable asking for help.