Pharmacy School Gets Involved to Stop Bullying

Students at a pharmacy school are going outside of the norm of their studies to talk to kids about a growing problem in schools.

Recent statistics show that up to 30% of students in grades 6 through 10 are somehow involved in bullying in the U.S.; as the victim or the bully.

The students at West Virginia’s School of Pharmacy are taking a proactive approach to this escalating problem through a creative program aimed at students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The pharmacy students are expected to conduct a puppet show and get the kids involved in the process of learning about what bullying really does to the people involved.

A report from the West Virginia University states that students who are bullying by age 8 are more likely to end up with a criminal record by the age of thirty, putting light onto how this is a double-edged sword. The victims of bullying are effected immediately, but the effects of being a bully can be life changing as well.

Other schools are stepping up to the plate on this issue, too. High schools around the country have created peer coalitions that allow younger students to seek the guidance and confidence of older peer counselors who will take their fears seriously. Experts estimate that 1 in 4 school kids are bullied and that it can happen anywhere – in class, after school, on the phone, and even online. A survey of students showed that 77% of all kids say they have been bullied by another person, whether it was a student or an adult.

The WVU School of Pharmacy is getting involved to acknowledge to kids that bullying involves more than verbal abuse in a school hallway or classroom. In WVU’s announcement of the pharmacy students’ intention to get involved, pharmacy student Zachary Post said, “We want the children at The Shack to understand what bullying is and the negative effects it has on everyone. Education is the key to prevention.”