School Bullies Part 2: Negative effects of bullying

Doctors say bullying can have negative effects on children.

In Part 2 of School Bullies, News 12 The Bronx's Elaine Lee speaks with a student who has been bullied and to a doctor who discusses the impact bullying can have on kids.

Pierre Garcia, 13, says he has been bullied by about five or six kids who are bigger than him, making him feel as if he has to carry a weapon. After getting fed up with the bullying, Pierre transferred to a new school, but says what happened to him is still fresh in his mind. Pierre's mother says her son no longer wants to go outside and play. She says she does not know what to do to help her son.

Dr. Frederick Matzner says bullying happens if it is allowed and that there are things schools can do to stop the problem. Matzner says schools need to teach kids that bullying is wrong and get more involved. He also suggests that parents get involved by contacting the school and local police.

According Matzner, children who are bullied can suffer from low self-esteem, lack of motivation and depression. He says some kids even end up taking out their aggression on other kids.

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