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What is your experience with bullying?

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Jan 31, 2013 1:54 PM

According to the National Education Association, 160,000 children miss school every day due to the fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Research shows that 77% of all students in grades K-12 have been bullied at one time or another. Bullying has been in the national spotlight a lot in recent years for a number of high profile cases, some of which have resulted in suicide. In the past year, many schools in Central Pennsylvania have put a greater emphasis on peer-to-peer programs to stop bullying.

witf aims to become a convening point for the topic of bullying in Central Pennsylvania in a new comprehensive project called Pushed Around starting on March 18, 2013. This multimedia project will span the radio, TV and web platforms and will include bullying classes and a public forum held at the witf Public Media Center. 


We plan on using a broad approach to the topic, covering not just bullying in schools, but also online and in the workplace. We will focus on signs of bullying, approaches for stopping bullying, the psychology behind bullying, and personal stories of local people affected by bullying, among other topics.

To help inform our coverage, we created a Public Insight Query asking you to share your experience with bullying. Whether you’ve been bullied, you’ve been a bully, you’ve been close to someone who has been bullied or you’ve witnessed bullying, we want to hear about it. Please help inform our project by sharing your personal insights.

Share your experiences with bullying now.

Learn more about witf's Public Insight Network here.

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  • Spectrumom img 2013-02-23 08:19

    Having 3 boys on autism spectrum, we have plenty: telling my son that people would laugh if he pulled down his pants. The 'reach into the toilet to get something important.' Getting up from the lunch table and moving when my son sat down.

    But I was bullied by a superior when I was an adult. I was a resident physician when an attending doctor took a dislike to me. He told all of the other attendings that I was a horrible doctor. That I would hurt all of their patients. That I was stupid, not to be trusted. All based on just one incident on my very first day of rotation with him, where the patient was not injured, but he didn't like the way I handled it. I had only one year of experience when this happened, and he was unreachable by phone for advise at the time.

    The bullying went on for the entire month, and touched other residents, who withdrew and left me with no support to face the torture alone. It was very effective. I am now almost 20 years past that, but I think of it often. It still raises resentment and self doubt in me.

  • Colette Clarke img 2013-02-25 08:11

    Hi Sprectrumom,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with bullying. We really do appreciate hearing from a variety of perspectives. We would appreciate it if you shared your experiences via this form so that we can be in contact with you about your insight into this topic:

    Best wishes!

  • gretnabear img 2013-03-08 10:19

    Bullying is as old as mankind, the differences today our young kids are so isolated as they grow up that when they do enter early school its the adults playing referee instead of the kids themselves out on the playground. In neighborhoods where kids interact and play games together, they learn how to deal with the group. There might be some bloody noses that result from this, but if the community is a generally a safe place to live, that will be the worst of it, and the kids will have figured out how to deal with each other and if need be taken care of that bully.
    Sad truth is, many communities are not safe, and then gangs rule the game.

  • D.h. Flynn img 2013-03-15 13:21

    When we lived in NYC, we saw lots of bullying of all kinds. The saddest was on the subway one day when a young woman with cerebal palsy was trying to raise money for not only her cause but for an organization to help with research. Her strident, somewhat slurred and incomprehensible voice would chant: "I have cerebal palsy; please help"! The reponse from most was a snicker, a rolling of the eyes, an indignant stare or total indefference. Sadly, we still see this in south central PA. It really is time for us to love our neighbor and embrace those who need our help. We can do this together if we open our hearts, minds and our wallets. Namaste......

  • Heather Sopp img 2013-03-30 10:07

    my daughter who attends a christain school has been bullied for the last 2 months by 3 boys.calling her a jew and a lesbian and all this is in a classroom were the teacher hear every thing and did not do anything to stop it .but mke his own comment a about he he wish was a jew then i would be wealthy.then when the one boy was not in school his girlfriend that is in the same class stood up in class and say to my daughter(noname)i'm sorry that your a jew.She is not jewish or gay.My husband went to the school and talked to the man in charge and was floored by want he got back.nothing has been done to the kids or teacher and she has not been in school for 3weeks.and we still have gotten no calls daughter and the family would love to support this bullying any way we can.

  • DaynawithaY img 2013-04-01 02:29

    I was bullied as a child by my parents and my peers because I was fat. There were no anti-bullying programs at that point.

    Thirty years later, anti-bullying campaigns are popular, yet the fat stigma and bigotry in society has mushroomed. I'm fat, but I still deserve respect. Being fat is not a reason to be bullied, but read any article about fatness or "obesity," and the bullying goes unchecked in the comments. Even WITF's "Smart Talk" and NPR promote fat stigma and bullying.

    I feel like the message sent by the media, by schools by the White House is, "don't be a bully, unless your target is a fat person, and then it's OK, because it's for their own good." No. Bullying is never for anyone's good, and anti-bullying programs need to apply for ALL people, not just thin ones.