Physical attacks and verbal bullying are a widespread problem on school buses and other common areas where students may not be monitored by an adult. However, even when an adult is present, bullying can occur. Recently, a bullying attack occurred in Greece, New York while the victim was on a school bus. Surprisingly the  victim was not a student. Twelve and thirteen year-old students tormented a grandmother in her late sixties who was a bus monitor. As the bus monitor attempted to do her job, students made cruel comments about her weight and poked her with a book. Even worse, students teased the woman about her son who had previously committed suicide.

The bullying incident was taped by a student riding the bus. The video, posted on youtube, upset parents, students and the public throughout the world. One viewer even organized a collection so that the victim could take a vacation. However, often getting away from a bullying attack cannot remove it from the victim’s mind. The cruelty of bullies can affect the confidence and self-worth of their victims. Bully victims often experience anxiety that can interfere with their jobs and life.

If you are a victim of bullying, get the help you need so that the lingering effects of bullying do not impair your life. A counselor can help you learn techniques to become more assertive, increase your confidence and enjoy positive relationships.

As a licensed counselor in the Philadelphia Main Line area, I have been helping victims of bullying to improve their mental health. I use cognitive behavioral therapy and other techniques to help bully victims identify their goals and achieve them. Bullying can affect anyone, so it is vital to seek help.

Click  to see more details about the tragic bullying incident in Greece, New York.