NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) — Alleged bullying turned tragic in New York City this week, when a 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed a classmate to death outside their Bronx middle school.
The young suspect’s lawyer said the teen was a victim of bullying, and was acting in self defense when he repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old, mortally wounding his peer.
Experts say bullying — unwanted, aggressive behavior involving a real or perceived power imbalance — can be stopped or even prevented, but it takes a team effort to keep kids safe.
If you or a loved one are being bullied, there are resources aimed to help:
- The Bully Project
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-237-TALK (8255)
- How to talk about bullying with kids
- How to work with a school to stop bullying
- If a school is not adequately addressing the harassment, click here to learn your rights and who to call for help