School districts across the country are reporting more bullying incidents.
In fact, a new study shows that about 170 thousand students a year stay home because they are scared of bullying.
Mark Brown spoke with students at both Maysville and West Muskingum Middle Schools as part of a national outreach program to show why this is a difficult time in these students' lives.
"Because they want to fit in. They're not quite sure where everything belongs, so they are trying out new relationships and sometimes they thin it's cool to get more friends by being unkind to others, " says Brown.
However, bullying can cause emotional scars.
"I'm almost 49-years old-it's not my fault I look this good-but I can recall girls who gave me a hard time in the 6th grade back in 1972. So, the memories do stay with us, " says Brown.
To combat bullying, Brown offers five rules: walk away from the problem; stay with a group of friends because there's safety in numbers; use humor to make it seem as though the problem doesn't bother you; stand up for yourself with confidence; and never be ashamed to talk with an adult you trust.