Dec 08, 2016

As I travel around the country speaking about long term impact of bullying (which is based on my first book titled “A Life Interrupted – the story of my battle with bullying and obsessive compulsive disorder”), I am noticing that more and more people are starting to develop a good understanding of long term impacts that bullying can have on the lives of young children. They seem to be getting the message that impact of bullying does not end just because the school years are over.

It is critically important for school officials to understand that the impact is long-lasting and can ruin the life of an individual and drive him or her completely away from the track that the individual was trying to pursue. Many school officials still seem to believe that once the school years are over, the impact of bullying is also over.

Over the last five years, I have now met several individuals who have been out of school for more than 20 years, but are still suffering from some form of emotional distress caused by PTSD from bullying. That is the message that I try to convey as I speak around the country. It is absolutely critical that school officials understand that their inability to maintain a consistent safe environment at schools can have significant long term impact for children.


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