Local school hosts free bullying prevention seminar to the public

Free seminar to be held at Curran Middle school

Bakersfield, Calif. - Every day millions of children are bullied in and out school.

They are tormented in person, over the internet, through the phone and even text messages.

"National research shows this is a huge problem, especially for students in 4th through 8th grade. Nationally speaking, there's lots of bullying that takes place at those ages," said Curran Middle school principal Jason Brannen.

Which is why Curran Middle school is hosted an anti-bullying seminar Thursday night.

"We want to be able to educate our parents and give them strategies that they can talk to their kids about, help them understand the dangers of (bullying) so we can help correct this national problem," said Brannen.

It is estimated that over two-thirds of students are bullied and the majority of the students who experience bullying never report it.

A Bakersfield police department representative talked to parents about strategies to prevent bullying and warning signs indicating their child is being bullied, such as loss of sleep, loss of appetite, uncontrollable crying and acting withdrawn.

"Don't wait for it to get so bad that your child doesn't want to go to school or something else is going on. If we can get ahead of the problem then we can stop that problem from taking place and it won't become a bigger issue," said Brannen.

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