Every day, 160,000 kids miss school because they’re afraid of being bullied, according to the National Crime Prevention Council, reports the Huffington Post. And when they don’t skip school, students say they walk school halls with feelings of desperation, fear and hopelessness–a constant battle that one mother told CBS correspondent Tracy Smith that she sees just dropping her son Johnny off at school.

“I felt like every day, I was sending him off to war,” Lisa Cagno told Smith.

CBS’ 48 Hours aired a special this week, Bullying: Words Can Kill, that featured several students from Birchwood Middle School in North Providence, R.I. CBS followed the students for six months to tell their stories and to delve into the school’s efforts to combat bullying…

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Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.