Mishawaka D.A.R.E. program teaches lesson on bullying

Mishawaka, Ind. Bullying continues to be a big problem with kids.

So big that the D.A.R.E. program now covers it as a lesson in classes.
In Mishawaka, Lieutenant Tim Williams is visiting the elementary schools with a stern message about bullying.

On Thursday he spoke at Bieger, telling students that middle aged kids are having trouble expressing empathy towards their fellow class mates and need to treat them with respect.

A reason kids nationally have taken their lives after being bullied.

He talked about four types of bullying and says it's not just words that kids use against each other, but body language too.

“And we want our students and children in our community to understand that bullying is not something that's going to be tolerated,” Williams explained. “So we want it to stop and keep the violence out of our schools.”

Mishawaka police want to also stress that bullying can in some cases destroy a person’s self esteem.

And they hope that the new lessons from the dare program will help prevent future tragic cases.

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