Safe From Bullies


If a parent suspects their child is being bullied, the parent should observe their child’s behavior. If parents observe some or all of the following signs, bullying may be responsible. Then, parents might want to ask the child if someone is bullying them or using threatening behavior against them.

Shoelaces tied together
Your child comes home with clothes, books, or other possessions missing or destroyed
Your child has bruises, cuts, and scratches they can’t explain
Your child misplaces lunch money regularly
Your child cries themselves to sleep, and has nightmares
Your child withdraws socially, starts stammering, lacks confidence
Your child becomes distressed and anxious, loses appetite
Your child frequently doesn’t feel well on school day mornings
Your child’s schoolwork changes from good to poor
Your child is afraid of walking to and from school
Your child changes their usual route to and from school
Your child doesn’t want to ride the school bus
Your child frequently asks you to drive them to school
Your child begins skipping school and is frequently truant
Your child is no longer willing to go to school
Your child refuses to discuss what's wrong
Your child becomes aggressive and unreasonable
You child starts bullying siblings and other children
Your child threatens or attempts suicide

Are you feeling desperate, alone or helpless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
“I am an overweight teen and every school I attended kids would make fun of me and pick on me every day.”

ECOT Student
Elyria, Ohio
“My son was beat up a lot on the school bus — nothing was ever done. Kids would take his things, and again nothing was ever done. In class he'd be teased or picked on by other kids. I finally pulled him from there last April and switched to ECOT after he received a bloody nose on the bus.”

ECOT Parent
Chillicothe, Ohio