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      Signs to look for if you suspect your child is being bullied

      Schools across the Heartland will soon be opening their doors for the new school year.

      A zero tolerance policy on bullying is in place in Heartland schools.

      However, statistics show that 77 percent of students admit to having been bullied in one form or another, while in school.

      Bullying can occur in multiple forms and the effects can be long-lasting.

      Here are a few things to look out for if you suspect your child is the victim of bullying.

      ??In the beginning stages, a person might become sad, depressed, withdrawn but if this continues and depending on the vulnerability of the target person, if they are really insecure and vulnerable they can start developing serious depression, which can lead to some suicidal thoughts,?? said Jane Maxwell, Licensed Counselor.

      Victims of bullying are encouraged to report it to an adult.

      For more information on what to do if you believe your child is the victim of bullying, feel free to contact Jane Maxwell at 660-947-2411 or jmaxwell@pcmhosp.com.