WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Bullying is still one of the biggest problems across the country and is something that has hit too close to home for many here in Texoma.
Making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and even excluding someone from a group on purpose are all acts of bullying.
Madison Black, a site coordinator for Communities in Schools, works at a middle school in the Wichita Falls ISD and said bullying is a reality everywhere and something that can not be ignored.
"I don't know a student that has not been affected by bullying in some way," Black said. "It may not be intensive bullying but it is something that has affected them at some point; that has affected their feelings."
Ray Denham said one of his closets friends recently lost his son due to bullying.
"He got bullied at a church at school..and even his closest friends. It was not just one certain group, " Denham said.
He said people who bully, do so because they have a problem with their own life or they do not feel loved or wanted.
"But we want them to know that we are here for them," Denham said.
Harsh parenting and attitudes that accept violence can increase a child's chances of becoming a bully according to the CDC.
If you or someone you know is struggling with being bullied you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or head to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.