Today, 160,000 kids stayed home from school. Not because they were sick or forgot to do their homework, but because they were afraid of being harassed by a bully. One in every four kids get bullied, which adds up to 13 million kids a year. We began today’s show with 16-year-old Whitney Kropp, a Michigan teen nominated to her homecoming court only to find out it was a cruel hoax.
“I wonder… why did these people actually do this to me.” –Whitney Kropp
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) October 2, 2012
But this turned into a true Cinderella story. After hearing Whitney’s story, her town rallied behind her to make her the belle of the ball. Whitney ended up going to the homecoming dance and being a part of the homecoming court.
“It was…overwhelming.” –Whitney Kropp
— Joy Frank-Collins (@joyfc) October 2, 2012
Next, we met Katie Uffens, a 16-year-old from California who feared for her life after hearing rumors that a group of students at her school had formed the KKK, the “Kill Katie Klub.”
“Nobody on this world deserves to be hated.” –Katie Uffens
— Danielle Gray(@ImDanielleGray) October 2, 2012
A child is bullied every seven minutes. How do you know if your child is being bullied or if your child is a bully? Would you recognize the signs and what steps should you take? Child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein weighs in.