The definition of bullying is to use superior strength or influence to intimidate, typically to force him or her to do what one wants.
“It happens in all of our schools,” Leslie Mateer said.
Mateer, who works as a sexual assault advocate for the Women’s Resource Center, also doubles as a bullying prevention advocate in schools in Raleigh, Summers, and Nicholas County. She says bullying doesn’t stop when kids get off the bus.
“It used to be when kids would go to school and they were bullied, but when they got home they got a rest but now they don’t have that any more, bullying happens on social media, on the gaming system that we have now,” Mateer said.
Waylon Payne, the owner of Active Fitness Center in Oak Hill, remembers getting picked on as a kid.
“It was very difficult because you know people wanted to push you around, you had to prove yourself,” he said.
Payne says bullying comes in many different forms now, but he’s seen middle and high school aged kids come into the gym to work off their stress.
“You know probably to get that aggravation irritation out that they can’t get rid of they don’t want to get in trouble,” he said.
Mateer added kids are the ones who see bullying first hand in class, lunchroom, and on the playground. They are the ones who can prevent it better than a teacher can.