Students and law enforcement are coming together to find a way to end bullying in schools across South Carolina.
The Youth Against Bullying Summit happened Tuesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
These students will bring what they learned back to their schools in a renewed effort to stop bullies.
U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles shared his personal story of being bullied with students at the summit. He said the first step students and school administrators have to take is learning how to recognize bullying when they see it.
“I do think we need to guard against diminishing how bad real bullying is by calling everything ‘bullying.’ I think that we need to identify it correctly. But we know it when we see it. And we know when children’s lives are being adversely affected as a result of it,” said Nettles.
Last school year there were more than 2,500 incidents of bullying reported in South Carolina public schools. That’s an average of 14 every school day. There were more than 1,900 reports of intimidation and nearly 100 reports of harassment.