An unforgettable episode all about bullying, featuring exclusive interviews with two incredible young women.
Today, 160,000 kids stayed home from school. Not because they were sick or forgot to do their homework, but because they were afraid of being harassed by a bully. One in every four kids get bullied, which adds up to 13 million kids a year. We began today’s show with 16-year-old Whitney Kropp, a Michigan teen nominated to her homecoming court only to find out it was a cruel hoax.
“I wonder… why did these people actually do this to me.” –Whitney Kropp
But this turned into a true Cinderella story. After hearing Whitney’s story, her town rallied behind her to make her the belle of the ball. Whitney ended up going to the homecoming dance and being a part of the homecoming court.
“It was…overwhelming.” –Whitney Kropp
Next, we met Katie Uffens, a 16-year-old from California who feared for her life after hearing rumors that a group of students at her school had formed the KKK, the “Kill Katie Klub.”
“Nobody on this world deserves to be hated.” –Katie Uffens
A child is bullied every seven minutes. How do you know if your child is being bullied or if your child is a bully? Would you recognize the signs and what steps should you take? Child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein weighs in.